Combating crime during the pandemic
2020-04-21 02:08 PDT
As the fight against COVID-19 in our community continues, the Surrey RCMP is closely monitoring any changes in crime and adapting police response accordingly.
Surrey’s comprehensive crime statistics for the first quarter of 2020 will be published at surreyrcmp.ca next week. However, we understand many residents are concerned that certain types of crime may have spiked more recently, as a result of COVID-19 and the increased self-isolation and business closures.
In looking at the data for domestic violence calls, auto crime, and break and enters over the past month, Surrey is experiencing both increases and decreases, when compared to the same time period in 2019. While it is important to note that four weeks is too short of a timeline to accurately determine trends, we have noted a small increase in domestic violence calls (nine additional files), decreases in theft of and from vehicles (41 less files), and an increase in business break and enters (48 additional files). Please note that this data is based on crimes reported and not investigative outcomes or charges; it is also subject to scoring changes as investigations advance.
It is too early to evaluate to what extent COVID-19 has impacted these or any other crime types, however our crime analysts continue to monitor our calls for service on a daily basis.
In addition, the Surrey RCMP rolled out a number of measures in March to help mitigate potential impacts on crime in Surrey. These include:
- Increased daily patrols around Surrey businesses that have been closed as a result of the pandemic (over 700 security checks of businesses conducted since March 27);
- The launch of the COVID-19 Compliance & Enforcement Team with Surrey Bylaws to ensure compliance with current health orders (4,280 proactive visits and patrols were completed between March 26 and April 14);
- Redeployment of our School Resource Officers to the Frontline; and
- Increased focus on managing known prolific property crime offenders in the community
Our officers with the Police Mental Health and Outreach Team continue to seek out vulnerable people who may be suffering from mental health issues, addiction or homelessness. Those in need are referred key services like shelter, food, addiction or medical treatment. Our Mobile Street Enforcement Team has also maintained a highly visible police presence with foot and bike patrols throughout the city.
Surrey RCMP recognizes that the needs of youth and families continue during this challenging time, which is why we are maintaining important community support services via phone including our Victim Services, Family Youth Resource Support Team (FYRST) and Parent Helpline (604-599-7800).
The Surrey RCMP is taking proactive steps to ensure that the safety of Surrey residents will not be compromised during the pandemic.
Cpl. Elenore Sturko
Media Relations Officer
14355 57 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3X 1A9
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