“It’s a horrible helpless feeling to think that you couldn’t just go for a walk because, what if?”
The voice of a Surrey mother of two condemning the violence plaguing her neighbourhood.
She was one of two dozen citizens who turned up to a Surrey Board of Trade event about public safety Wednesday morning.
59 year old Lori Douglas, whose family member was executed on the notorious Colbrook Road three years ago, says drug busts, mugging and break and enters make her fearful to leave her home in Royal Heights.
“My knees have arthritis and I don’t go for walks because I don’t think I could run away. That is really disturbing to me that I couldn’t walk out through the neighbourhood because what if I had to run or defend myself? That makes me really really sad that that is what our neighbourhood has come to.”
Douglas says she supports early intervention in schools to steer young people away from a criminal lifestyle.
“It’s an issue we’re not going to solve overnight.”
That from the Superintendent of the Surrey RCMP discussing the rash of shootings earlier this year plaguing the streets of Surrey.
Speaking at the Surrey Board of Trade event, Superintendent Shawn Gill insists police are doing everything they can to put an end to a drug turf war behind a majority of the forty shootings recorded in Surrey this year.
“I think our enforcement efforts are making a difference, they will continue to make a difference, and we have a very strong partnership with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. With that being said, we look forward to more charges.”
Gill says the last shooting related to the conflict was April 4th.
He adds eighteen arrests have been made in the past three weeks related to the drug trade.