Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Crime stats from first half of the year shows crime down in Langley City

Every quarter, Langley City council receives an update from Superintendent Murray Power who is the Office in Charge of the Langley detachment of the RCMP. The following interactive charts are from the crime statistics that he provided to council which cover a six-month period between January and June in both 2019 and 2020.

As a note, common assault includes things such as bar fights and domestic situations.

So far in 2020, overall offences are down in Langley City though there are some types of offences that have increased including break and enters into businesses, auto theft, and mail theft.

One of the things that Superintendent Power noted was that there has been a decrease in the number of people experiencing homelessness on our streets. He attributes this to both Creek Stone Supportive Housing, and the temporary COVID-19 program where BC Housing is placing people who were experiencing homelessness into accommodation.

I asked Superintendent Power if he would consider writing a letter noting the correlation between providing housing for people and a reduction in people experiencing homelessness. He said that he would be willing to work with Langley City and the Downtown Langley Business Association to write this letter to be presented to the provincial government.

The RCMP will also be ramping up traffic enforcement. I’ve received complaints from residents about noisy vehicles and speeding along Grade Crescent and 203rd Street. Superintendent Power stated that he would check if these corridors will be receiving enhanced traffic enforcement.

The following table shows the details crime statistics breakdown.

Person and property related offences in 2019 and 2020. Select table to enlarge.

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