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2013 Crime Reduction Strategy Report

Surrey RCMP with children

July 21, 2014

City’s Crime Reduction Strategy continues to contribute to increased public safety in Surrey.

The 2013 Crime Reduction Strategy Annual Report shows significant progress continues to be made in ensuring safer and vibrant communities within the City of Surrey. As of May 2014, more than 90% of the 106 recommendations of the Crime Reduction Strategy have been implemented or are well underway.

 “The Crime Reduction Strategy is a comprehensive, problem solving approach that seeks to not only remedy the immediate issues, but also the deeply rooted problems associated with crime,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “Our broad based strategy engages the community and numerous agencies with the goal of breaking the cycles of crime that have been embedded for generations.”

The comprehensive community development approach to reducing crime, introduced in 2007, has worked towards creating safer communities not just through enforcement but in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders.

“During the past year, we have strengthened relationships with our partners, and implemented new initiatives and technology to help us improve safety, assist vulnerable people, prevent domestic abuse, and address the root causes of crime in our community,” says Community Safety Chair Cllr. Barinder Rasode. 

Highlights of the 2013 report include:

  • The City introduced a new program to combat metal and wire theft. In 2013, a pilot project was implemented to remove and replace existing copper wire with aluminum wire. The success of the pilot project has resulted in a City-wide project to replace theft susceptible copper wire with aluminum wire by the end of 2015.
  • Through the Electrical Fire Safety Inspection Program there has been an 87% reduction in illegal “grow ops” in 2013, compared to 2007.
  • A high rate of concluded investigations for Unsightly Properties, Graffiti and Dumping complaints.

For more information, view the corporate report and 2013 Crime Reduction Strategy Annual Report.

For program information:

Colleen Kerr
Crime Reduction Strategy Manager
City of Surrey

For media inquiries:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor, City of Surrey