Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Police and Fire Service Statistics – Overdose Public Health Emergency Burning Hot in Langley City

Superintendent Adrian Marsden, the new Officer in Charge of the Langley RCMP Detachment, presented his first report to Langley City Council on Monday.

He provided an update on crime statistics for our community, as shown.

Select RCMP crime statistics for Langley City. Select chart to enlarge.

One of the largest categories of crime is theft from auto. The good news is that this category of theft has been trending down. Theft from auto is a crime of opportunity. You can help reduce this type of crime by ensuring that you never leave your wallet or cash in your vehicles and anything not bolted down is out of sight.

Council also reviewed the latest Langley City Fire Rescue Service statistics. MESA stands for Medical Emergency Service Alarm, and the fire service codes responses to motor vehicle crashes as MVA.

Total Langley City Fire Rescue Service statistics per quarter. Select chart to enlarge.

When there is a MESA call, the BC Ambulance Service dispatchers determine if the Fire Rescue Service should be called. In Q2 of 2020, they changed their dispatch protocols. Starting in Q4 of 2020, they revised their protocols again. This change is why the MESA/MVA response volumes are all over the place.

Sadly, the overdose public health emergency is still burning hot in Langley City due to the toxic drug supply, as shown in the following graph. For resources on harm reduction and help, please visit:

The number of Langley City Fire Rescue Service overdose response calls per quarter. Select chart to enlarge.

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