A survey of new residents to Surrey shows more than half feel crime is the biggest issue facing the city.
57% cent of newcomers surveyed by the “Surrey Cares Foundation” chose safety and crime as the biggest issue facing Surrey.
Another 34% cent say they feel nervous about their children’s safety in school.
Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman says with a thousand new residents arriving every month, there will be issues.
“When people, especially new immigrants, refugees have a perception that safety is an issue in our city absolutely it’s concerning.”
She adds Surrey is faced with unique challenges as one of the region’s fastest growing municipalities.
“We are a large, growing city and there are going to be issues. There have been infrastructure investments that have been challenged in our city, no one thought our population would grow as quickly as it has and we’re playing catchup.”
The survey found gangs and drugs to be the overwhelming focus of crime fears, followed by violent crime.
It also also found only six out of ten had confidence in the Surrey RCMP.