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.