While we often hear Surrey and crime in the same sentence, as the city grapples with a wave of gang related violence, crime rates are actually going down.
That, according to the head of Surrey’s RCMP, Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy.
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Fordy says there’s no denying that the city has a challenge to face in ending the shootings.
But he says outside of the gang conflict, both violent and property crime rates are declining.
Part of that, he says, has been effectively targeting prolific, repeat offenders and successfully bringing them to trial. And he says it’s paid off with a dip in break and enters and car thefts.
“Those are all things that although they may not be on the front page of the paper or a headline in the media, they have a significant effect on people when their homes are compromised or violated.”
Surrey crime sensationalized?
Fordy says he doesn’t think the media is sensationalizing crime in his city, but says high profile incidents have painted a bad picture.
“Surrey has had some sensational crimes take place over last decade that are rightly disturbing to people.”
But he says incidents like these tend to obscure the fact that other crime rates are falling.
And he admits as long as high profile crimes like the gang war continue, they will continue to make headlines.