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Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety

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Implementing effective responses to traffic safety requires sustained focus in a complex environment. Demands on the traffic system are always increasing and conflict can exist between various modes of transportation (e.g., cyclists, motorists, pedestrians) but the system must safely accommodate all users.

Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) is an operational model developed in the US that uses the integration of location based crime and traffic data, for effective and efficient deployment of law enforcement resources. Surrey is among only a few Canadian cities to implement this new, innovative approach and the first in BC. By saturating locations experiencing high crime and crash incidents with highly visible traffic enforcement, DDACTS communities fight crime while also reducing traffic crashes and violations.

From a public safety standpoint, the role of coordinated traffic management and enforcement is critical in minimizing risks of crime and collisions in the traffic system. Vehicle stops are also an opportunity for enforcement officials to gain valuable intelligence, detect stolen goods, illicit firearms and other criminal activity. However, increased police presence may initially result in more crimes being detected, which could otherwise go unreported.

Collaboration between the cities’ Engineering, Fire Service and Surrey RCMP is critical for the collection and analysis of traffic safety and crime data to enable optimal deployment of resources. Community outreach and awareness is also a critical element of the DDACTS model. Effective enforcement through new processes and technology improves transportation safety and reduces crime by targeting high risk areas and deploying specific responses.

Being a data-driven process, the final element of the DDACTS initiative is monitoring, evaluation and reassessment. Data collected in the DDACTS specific locations is compared to city-wide data to analyse overall trends of traffic safety, and to gauge the impact of the initiative. Seasonality will also be taken into account to address variable factors such as weather trends year over year.

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Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety will

  • use location-based crime and traffic data for effective deployment of law resources,
  • target high risk areas and deploy specific responses, and
  • collaborate with Engineering, Fire Service and RCMP to collect and analyze data.

How we’ll measure success

  • Casualty Collisions in DDACTS Locations
  • Collision Rate in DDACTS Locations
  • Crime Rate in DDACTS Locations
  • Property Crime in DDACTS Locations

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