Mayor Gregor Robertson today praised the Vancouver Police Department for their work in making Vancouver a safer city to live in, with the release of the 2009 VPD Annual Report showing reductions in several crime categories.
"The VPD have done an exceptional job in making Vancouver a safer city to live in," said Mayor Robertson. "Chief Chu and the men and women of the VPD have helped prevent crimes from happening, brought criminals to justice, and in the process have enhanced Vancouver’s reputation as one of the safest cities to live in."
Today the VPD released statistics from the 2009 Annual Report, as well as stats for the first half of 2010.
- Overall crime was down 7.5%
- Violent crime decreased by 3.7%
- Robberies were down by 14.7%
- Break & Enters dropped 20.8%
- Vehicle theft decreased 19.4%
In the first half of 2010:
- Homicides are down more than 50%
- Attempted homicides are down 75%
- Theft from motor vehicles has fallen more than 20%
- Total number of break-ins is down almost 10%
"Our city consistently ranks as one of the most livable in the world, and the safety that exists in our communities is one of the major reasons why," said Mayor Robertson. "It’s easy to take for granted but we need to remember that there have been many years in the past where crime increased. The VPD have shown the ability to change tactics and use new strategies to fight crime, and it is paying off.
"Our city council has been a strong supporter of the police. Even during difficult economic times, we held firm to our commitment to increase the VPD’s budget. Public safety is a top priority for us and the VPD’s work is making a real difference in Vancouver."
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