(Delta Police Department photo)

Crime, traffic violations in Delta stayed low through second quarter of 2020

Persons offences (e.g. assault, robbery), which had been increasing since 2018, were down 22 per cent

As the COVID-19 pandemic brought normal life to a halt for many in the community, crime in Delta fell for the second straight quarter.

According to stats released late last week by the Delta Police Department, key crime and public safety indicators remained below normal for April through June 2020 as compared to the same period last year.

Persons offences — crimes such as assault, sexual assault, arson and robbery — were down 22 per cent, with 187 recorded compared to 241 in 2019. These kinds of crimes had been on the rise since 2018, but fell 14 per cent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period last year.

READ MORE: Crime and collisions in Delta down in first quarter of 2020

SEE ALSO: Surrey robberies up 83 per cent in 2020 second quarter compared to same time last year

Residential break-and-enters were also down — 36 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2019 — with police recording just 30 offences.

“These are typically crimes of opportunity, and with greater numbers of people at home due to the pandemic, there’s less opportunity,” Cris Leykauf, public affairs manager for the Delta Police Department, said in a press release.

Break-and-enters to commercial properties, on the other hand, jumped from 30 in Q2 of 2019 to 39 this quarter. While that is an increase of 10 from last quarter, year-to-date these numbers are slightly below normal.

One of the biggest drops overall — 40 per cent — was in the number of collisions reported to police: only 157 compared to 260 during the same time last year. The number of violation tickets issued dropped as well, to 996, compared to 2,755 in Q2 of 2019.

“As the reality of life under the pandemic set in during April, our officers prioritized education over handing out violation tickets,” Leykauf explained. “We recognized that many drivers may have found themselves suddenly out of work, or facing significant new stresses, and officers did not want to add to the burdens being experienced by the public. It wasn’t something we wanted to advertise though, for obvious reasons. However now that the roads are getting busier, we’re ramping up enforcement efforts to keep drivers and pedestrians safe.”

Thefts from auto remained nearly unchanged in the second quarter, down just one per cent from the same time last year, with 176 incidents reported to police.

“This is one of the most common crime types we see in Delta, and again is considered a crime of opportunity,” Leykauf said. “Thieves will walk along in the middle of the night, trying door handles of vehicles parked on the street or in driveways. If the door is unlocked they will literally steal anything — spare change, charging cords [etc.]. Our advice: leave your vehicle empty if you choose to leave it unlocked.”

Read more about last year’s quarterly stats:

Fourth quarter of 2019: ‘Significant increase’ in the number of drunk drivers on Delta streets in 2019

Third quarter of 2019: Property crime in Delta down, assaults up in third quarter of 2019

Second quarter of 2019: Crime, crashes in Delta down in second quarter of 2019

First quarter of 2019: Thefts from auto in Delta up during first quarter of 2019



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

DeltaPolice

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Construction underway for new Cloverdale elementary school

The $33 million school is to seat 655 students

George Garrett retires from Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society board

Society completes more than 58,000 trips since 2016

B.C. families financially affected by pandemic eligible for grocery gift cards

Program open to struggling families in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley communities

Two Surrey schools report COVID-19 exposures, including second contact for Panorama Ridge

Fraser Health has created a new webpage listing COVID-19 cases in schools

B.C. or Ontario? Residential school survivors fight move of court battle

It’s now up to Ontario’s Court of Appeal to sort out the venue question

B.C. transportation minister will not seek re-election

Claire Trevena has held the position since 2017

Young B.C. cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

VIDEO: Shots fired outside Langley gas station that was scene of 2018 homicide

No reports of injuries in Saturday evening incident

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Air quality advisory ends for the Lower Mainland

It had been in effect since Sept. 8

Most Read