Surrey unveils Public Safety Strategy
Mayor Linda Hepner says the City of Surrey's new Public Safety Strategy is "comprehensive, collaborative and measurable." The strategy, unveiled at city hall Monday, takes "direct action" on not only reducing crime but also emergency response, disaster preparedness, transportation safety and persistent social issues such as substance abuse, mental health, and homelessness, Hepner said.
The strategy showcases the 'Newton Safety Unit' and its collaborative work as an integrated team here in the Newton Town Centre.
Surrey RCMP stats indicate 13 percent drop in violent crime
The Surrey RCMP recorded 4,807 violent crimes so far this year compared to 5,518 in the same period last year, a decrease in attempted murders from 24 to 18, the same number of homicides —eight — and a 38 per cent decrease in robberies (313 from 503).
Of property crimes, business break-ins dropped 21 per cent (742 from 938)…