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 … [Read more...] about 32% drop in crime in New Westminster in the last decade
Crime statistics show that New Westminster is a safer city than in past years. So why don't people feel safer? We all know someone who knows someone whose house has been broken into several times, or who has witnessed flagrant drug dealing, or seen a new 'girl' working 12th St. And then there's the newspaper crime beat. A New Westminster man was recently arrested (and released … [Read more...] about If crime is down, why don’t people feel safer?
I was raised to be a bit paranoid about personal safety. Like many kids raised in the 1980s, it was impressed upon me that the world was a dangerous and unpredictable place. I was taught to fear strangers, to look both ways (and then look again) before crossing the road, to lock the door and close the windows at night, and to be wary of walking the streets after dark. The … [Read more...] about New West SkyTrain safety stats challenge assumptions
Like many Lower Mainland communities, graffiti plagues New Westminster. Typically blamed on ne'er do well Burnaby ruffians (surely our own sons and daughters wouldn't dare!), here in the West End it seems every lamp post and electrical box is tagged with the "artists'" arcane scrawl. Recently our own back fence was hit. Every inch was marred with gobbledlygook in giant bubble … [Read more...] about Graffiti teaches life lessons?
Like many other places in the Lower Mainland, New Westminster has a homelessness problem. The problem isn't just a lack of money for shelter, of course. Many, if not most, of the people huddled in doorways on Carnarvon and shuffling along Columbia are also struggling with addiction and mental health issues. These people can be very scary. The worst of them are so full of rage … [Read more...] about A case study of hope