32% drop in crime in New Westminster in the last decade

Crime is down in British Columbia. In New Westminster, it's way down. According to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General of B.C., the provincial crime rate has dropped 19% over the past decade. In New Westminster, it's down a striking 32%.

Crime is down in British Columbia. In New Westminster, it’s way down.

According to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General of B.C., the provincial crime rate has dropped 19% over the past decade. In New Westminster, it’s down a striking 32%.

Over the past 10 years in New West:

  • criminal code offences decreased by 25%
  • annual crime rates per 1000 persons decreased by 35%
  • auto thefts decreased by 52%
  • robbery crimes decreased by 34%
  • overall property crime rate decreased by 32%

In their news release sharing the above statistics, the New Westminster Police said a number of factors have resulted in a lower crime rate, including new policing initiatives and demographic shifts.

“Province-wide a number of factors are involved in the decreasing numbers. These include policing programs such as the Bait Car program and PRIME reporting systems wherein police have instant access to information on criminals and criminal activity. Generally speaking, crimes tend to be committed by males in their late teens and early twenties. In BC, the population in this age group is decreasing,” it says in the NWPD release.

The NWPD also points to programs improving public awareness of crime and reporting criminal activities, specifically Crime Free Multi-Housing, the Park Safety Initiative, School Liaison Officers and, the Operational Support Unit.

If you want to be involved in improving public safety in New Westminster, you can call the NWPD’s Crime Prevention Unit at 604-529-2528 to find out more information on policing programs and volunteer opportunities in our community.

Briana Tomkinson

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6 comments

  1. Good Stats and good for New West Police. A point missed is the citizens of New West no longer tolerate criminal activities and have become involved in prevention through RA's and BA's. I recall 15years ago when people turned a blind eye to criminal activity out of fear or retaliation…… It's called taking back your streets and neighbourhoods.

  2. I like Ashdown's complex. Praises the stats and our police, and then ends it with people taking back the streets.

    So Auto thefts decreased 52 percent ?
    Great spin, especially after the Mayor just had his vehicle broken into a few months ago. It must have REALLY been bad 10 years ago then right ?
    Property crime = overall crime stat ?

    It's how you work the numbers.
    32 percent is bogus. And the criminal code offenses decreasing 25 percent is due to the courts being swamped.

    But then it is an election year, those 3 year old potholes on our streets are finally going to get patched too !

  3. David, that's a good question. I think the numbers are based on reports of crime because not all crimes are prosecuted (theft from auto being a great example of a kind of crime that rarely results in prosecution).

    1. Great. That means that it doesn't matter how overwhelmed courts are, or how many arrestees are prosecuted. But I suppose that another explanation for a drop in crime could be a less effective police force. I doubt that is the case, however.

      Unfortunately, it's really easy to manipulate statistics. But unless someone is willing to dig really deeply into the numbers, remove confounding variables and do a regression analysis (and other tricky things), it would be hard to argue against them.

  4. Hi David ! I'm sorry, I am not privy to much more data then what they spoon feed us, but lets take a look at the stats as reported by the solicitor general shall we ?

    * 2000-2009, New Westminster crime rate per 1000 persons decreased by 32% while the provincial crime rate has decreased by 19%.

    Crime rate per 1000 persons decreased 32 percent. What does this mean ? In 1999 100/1000 committed crime and now in 2010 only 68/1000 commit crimes ? Thus a 32 percent decrease ? Please. It is a meaningless statistic, and I might add is based on 9 years, NOT 10 years.

    * 2000-2010, New Westminster criminal code offences decreased by 25%.

    This one IS from a 10 year sample ! Still meaningless without per capita involvement. Does this number include people from outside of New West committing crimes in New West and getting caught or just New West crooks doing business in the city and getting caught ?

    * 2000-2010, New Westminster annual crime rates per 1000 persons decreased by 35%

    Hey, look ! Another 10 year sample, exactly the same stat as the first stat based on a 9 years, yielding a 32 % decrease. This is the one they should have used as the headline ! I wonder, if you subtract the 25% that got caught, it leaves 10 % that didn't ? Still I don't know how many crooks there are per 1000 citizens.

    * 2000-2009, New Westminster auto thefts decreased by 52%

    9 year stat, If it included this year would it still be 52 percent ? Or due to the spike in auto-thefts this year if the data set was over 10 years, it might not look so rosey ?

    * 2000-2009, New Westminster robbery crimes decreased by 34%.

    9 year stat, you have to report a robbery to be counted. I was robbed a few months ago. Someone came in the middle of the night and stole 3 old car batteries I was going to take in for recycling. Didn't bother reporting it.

    * 2000-2009, New Westminster overall property crime rate decreased by 32%.

    9 year stat ! Overall property crime ? Does that include apartments, condo's and businesses ? Or is this just residential property and not commercial ?

    You want to prove something to me, give me the numbers, not some percentage based on a undisclosed data set.

    What is 24 percent of the Cities budget going towards ? Uniforms, armored vehicles and statisticians ?
    Show us some numbers !

    1. The per-capita measurement is a way of computing statistics while still accounting for changes in a population.

      People not reporting theft is a problem that can't be worked into the numbers. I would assume the more serious the crime, the more likely it is to be reported.

      Maybe you should ask for the data set to get your questions answered. I doubt they will be answered here.

      BTW, 2000-2009 is a 10-year data set. 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 is 10 years, assuming each started January 1st and ended December 31st.

      2000-2010 can also be a 10-year data set, again depending on the start date in 2000 and the end date in 2010.

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