Is RCMP bike patrol lacking in some parts of Surrey?
CKNW reported that an audit by the downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association showed Mounties, both on foot and bikes, were less visible this year.
As it turns out, another neighborhood is echoing the same concerns.
Doug Elford with the Newton Community Association says there’s been a significant turnaround in security this year, and not for the better.
“We have not seen anything this year, any bike patrols at all, in Newton. That’s a bit of a concern to us because we think the bike patrol is a highly effective way of policing in our town center.”
A neighbourhood left wondering: why the cutback on resources?
He’s wondering if the RCMP have cut back.
“Going years back we’ve had regular bike patrol, consistent. We would see them through the parks regularly… We have not seen the bike patrol at all in Newton this summer, which is really surprising. The promises were made to us during the public forums that they would increase the levels of bike patrols in our community as we requested.”
Elford says Mounties on foot and bikes were regularly seen throughout previous years, and it’s had a positive impact, but he’s questioning where the resources are this year.
Bike patrol helped combat crime in previous years
“They can address issues very fast in a small contained area and that’s what’s most effective is their response and the way they can manage the low level crime we experience through the year but in particular higher levels in the summer time.”
“It’s a quick way for them to get around to sneak upon criminals, the increased visibility is important as well, it puts people at ease.”
CKNW reached out to Surrey RCMP several times, a spokesperson said the department can’t comment until next week.
Elford says Newton also shares the same safety concerns laid out in the downtown Surrey audit — theft, drug users, drug dealing and discarded needles.