Mayor Robertson joined Vancouver Police Department Chief Jim Chu at VPD headquarters on Wednesday, for a joint announcement on 2009 crim statistics. "The year-end results show that the men and women of the VPD are doing great work in keeping our city safe," said the Mayor. "The numbers speak for themselves."
Among the 2009 stats for the City of Vancouver:
- 3% drop in violent crime
- 9% drop in property crime
- 10% drop in assaults
- 13% drop in robberies
- 17% drop in commercial break and enter
- 22% drop in residential break and enter
"Keep in mind that many of the decreases we’re seeing this year follow those from the year before," said the Mayor.
Chief Jim Chu credited a number of strategies for the drop in crime. These programs include Barwatch and Restaurant Watch, which aim to keep gangsters out of restaurants, bars and clubs; Con Air, which returns criminals to the province in which they are wanted for outstanding warrants; and Project Rebellion, an extensive undercover gang probe.