You’ve heard a lot about crime in Surrey, but what’s the situation like in Vancouver?
The latest stats show both violent and property crime is up compared to this time last year.
A report from the Director, Planning, Research & Audit Section to the Vancouver Police Board shows violent crime has increased 1.7% from the beginning of January to the end of March, compared to the same period in 2015.
While there has only been one homicide compared to six during this period last year, there were seven “shots fired” compared to one last year, and sexual offences have increased by 15%.
The report also shows 113 sex-related incidents, the highest number since 2007.
There’s also been an almost record number of apprehensions under the mental health act, at 771.
The police board will review the report at their next meeting on Thursday.
Meanwhile, a “community satisfaction survey” shows the public doesn’t think the VPD is doing a great job addressing “street disorder.”
The survey found perceptions on this issue “decreased significantly by nine points since 2014, and the ability to meet the safety needs of the community decreased significantly by six points.”
Overall satisfaction for businesses was 89%, a 1% decrease from 2014, and residential satisfaction was 85% up 2%.
400 business owners and 800 residents were surveyed.