Crime down in Surrey, latest RCMP stats suggest

Violent crimes in Surrey dropped 16 per cent and total Criminal Code offences were down by six per cent in 2016 compared to 2015.

The number of violent crimes in Surrey dropped 16 per cent and total Criminal Code offences were down by six per cent in 2016 compared to 2015.

The number of violent crimes in Surrey dropped 16 per cent and total Criminal Code offences were down by six per cent in 2016 compared to 2015.

SURREY — The number of violent crimes in Surrey dropped 16 per cent and total Criminal Code offences were down by six per cent in 2016 compared to 2015.

According to the latest Surrey RCMP statistics, Surrey had 11 homicides in 2016 and eight in 2015 but, all told, there were 6,141 violent crimes recorded in the city last year compared 7,352 the year prior.

The total number of Criminal Code offences in Surrey in 2016 was 47,029 compared to 50,017 in 2015.

The number of property crimes rose very slightly in 2016, which recorded 31,726 compared to 31,580 in 2015.

Attempted murders were down, to 21 from 31, and there were significantly fewer robberies in 2016 – 416 compared to 662 in 2015. That’s a drop of 37 per cent. There were also fewer sex crimes in 2016 (286 from 308) and fewer assaults (3,073 from 3,527).

The number of “shots fired incidents” in Surrey dropped by 31 per cent in 2016, to 61 from 88.

The Surrey RCMP’s Parent Helpline (604-599-7800), set up for parents concerned about their children getting involved in crime, received 74 calls for help in 2016.

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