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The 2012 Crime Severity Index (CSI) report released today by Statistics Canada shows that the City of Vancouver is continuing to see significant reductions in violent crime that outpace the rest of the country.

While the CSI report indicates that violent crime was down 3% Canada-wide and down 5% across British Columbia from 2011 to 2012, the City of Vancouver saw a decline in violent crime of 6.9% in the same period.

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Vancouver City Council passed the 2012 City Operating Budget tonight at a Special Council Meeting, investing in affordable housing, parks and recreation services, and libraries, as part of a forward-looking fiscal plan for the coming year.

“Even in the midst of a challenging economic climate and a $52 million budget gap, we’ve delivered a budget that is balanced, progressive, and pragmatic,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This budget fully protects and supports programs that impact Vancouver’s most vulnerable, including priority investments for homelessness and affordable housing, child care and seniors. We’re protecting all funding and support for arts and culture programming, continuing our support for Vancouver’s Greenest City goals, and increasing support for Vancouver’s public libraries and parks and recreation services.”

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Aim is to reduce preventable road collisions, injuries and fatalities

The City of Vancouver today launched People are Fragile, a new safety awareness program to raise the profile of some common yet inconsiderate, risky and illegal behaviours that can cause serious harm to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

The program is designed to raise awareness about road safety and ultimately prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities for all road users. The program, which uses outdoor advertising, sidewalk writing, social media and other tactics, addresses three key behaviours in and around intersections that put people at risk:

pedestrians jaywalking;
cyclists running stop signs; and,
motorists failing to yield to pedestrians in both marked and unmarked crosswalks.

The City intends to continuously improve the safety of Vancouver’s streets, particularly around intersections where the majority of conflicts occur between pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

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A new report coming to the Vancouver Police Board shows significant drops in crime compared to 2010 as well as over a five-year period – a sign that the Vancouver Police Department’s crime strategy is working, says Mayor Gregor Robertson.
The report shows that since 2007, there has been a 29% drop in property crime, a 12% drop in violent crime, and a 52 second drop in response times, among others. There were also year-over-year decreases for property and violent crime between 2010 and 2011 in Vancouver.

“The VPD’s strategic plan is clearly paying off, and we are making significant progress towards achieving the goal of becoming the safest major city in Canada,” says Mayor Robertson. “Our work in reducing street homelessness by 82% has also helped deliver drops in crime, particularly downtown.

“I want to recognize the leadership of Chief Jim Chu and the men and women of the VPD, as well as our community policing centres and all of the volunteers who are making our neighbourhoods safer every day.”

With the goals of decreasing property crime by 20% and violent crime by 10% from 2008-2012, the VPD has already surpassed both of these targets. The report can be viewed here.

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City Council approved the 2011 budget today, which keeps the overall property tax rate at 2.2% – among the lowest in Metro Vancouver – and protects key services like affordable housing, parks and libraries, and public safety.

“This budget reflects what we heard from the public over the last several weeks,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We are in a difficult economic climate, and families expect us to keep the tax rate as low as possible. At the same time, people value their parks and libraries, which is why we’ve made sure to protect and invest in those areas.

“This has not been an easy process, but I believe this budget strikes the right balance.”

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