Surrey RCMP’s first quarter crime stats for 2018 indicate violent crime went up nine per cent although homicides were down by 25 per cent and sex offences dropped by 13 per cent.
Property crimes dropped by six per cent overall, with business break-ins dropping by 11 per cent, residential break-ins down by two per cent and auto theft in the first quarter declining by 28 per cent.
This is compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.
All told police recorded 1,387 violent crimes in the first quarter of 2018 and 1,274 in the fourth quarter of 2017. The number of property crimes in those same periods was 6,827 compared to 7,288.
For those periods, there were three homicides to four, and 82 sexual offences compared to 94.
For property crimes, 6,827 were recorded in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 7,288 in the last three months of 2017. There were 608 auto thefts compared to 843.