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Crime Reduction Strategy Report Shows Significant Progress in the Fight Against Crime In Surrey

November 07, 2008

Surrey, BC – Extensive progress has been made in the implementation of the recommendations of the Surrey Crime Reduction Strategy (CRS), according to a report presented to Council at Monday’s meeting.

The CRS Annual Report provided an update on the progress being made by City staff, external agencies, and service groups in implementing over 100 recommendations contained in the CRS.

Statistics from the Surrey RCMP indicate that

  • Auto Theft is down 24% in the past year as part of a 50% decline over the past 5 years,
  • Property crime has decreased by 18% in the past year,
  • And Residential Break & Enters have declined by 34% in the past year,

Extensive preventative measures have been implemented and several more are soon to be put into place. They include:

  • A new Sobering Centre which will house individuals needing additional addictions treatment services;
  • A Cell-block outreach program designed to match incarcerated prisoners with essential social services;
  • The introduction of Community Safety Officer pilot project in Surrey;
  • A number of youth intervention projects like the iR3 program, Community Schools Partnership Initiative, the Mobile Youth Outreach program (MoYO), Community Outreach Led by Youth (COLBY) program and a new Restorative Justice program;
  • A Graffiti Task Force that has established priority areas within the City and is combating this pervasive form of vandalism;
  • The Electrical Fire Safety Inspection (EFSI) program which has had tremendous success in shutting down grow operations in Surrey, leading to a reduction in suspicious energy usage;
  • Prolific Offender Management Teams that are working with 30 prolific offenders to ensure sustained supervision, regular access with services to address physical and mental needs, and timely and robust response to relapse or re-offending;
  • A community court pilot project similar to the newly opened court in Vancouver;
  • An innovative Crime Free Business initiative; and,
  • A Closed Circuit Television Project at the Scott Road Car Park to reduce auto crime.

These projects are in various stages of implementation and will contribute even further to the overall effort in Surrey to combat crime.

“In just over eighteen months, we have seen a significant shift in the incidences of reported crime,” said Mayor Dianne Watts. “Our efforts to reduce the impact of crime in Surrey are succeeding and drawing interest from countless other governments and agencies who are looking for a successful model.”

For information on the Surrey Crime Reduction Strategy and to access specialized resources for homeowners, business owners and those helping others who are in need, a new website has been set up at www.crimereduction.surrey.ca.

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For more information contact:

Joel Giebelhaus
Policy & Communications Advisor to the Mayor
604-591-4192