SURREY — Crime in Surrey is down in the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest statistics released by police Wednesday morning.
Violent crime has gone down two per cent in the first three months of this year compared to this time last year with 1,669 incidents instead of 1,699. That includes a 33 per cent drop in homicides (from three to two), a 23 per cent decline in attempted murder (from 13 to 10) and a 29 per cent drop in robberies.
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Attempted murders dropped from 13 to 10 and assaults fell four per cent, from 842 to 806 incidents.
Sexual offences have risen by 67 per cent, from 49 to 82.
Meanwhile, property crime is down by 11 per cent, including a 19 per cent drop in business break-and-enters (from 331 to 268) and a five per cent decline in residential break-and-enters (from 529 to 501).
Though residential break-ins in South Surrey and Whalley rose, by 12 per cent (89 to 100) and eight per cent respectively (113 to 122).
Vehicle thefts are also down, by 14 per cent.
These numbers come in the midst of police battling a drug turf war playing out on Surrey streets.
There have been 34 shooting incidents so far this year.