Advertisement

Vancouver police set up neighbourhood response team over growing concerns on crime

Click to play video 'Vancouver police set up neighbourhood response team after survey finds growing concern over crime' Vancouver police set up neighbourhood response team after survey finds growing concern over crime
Vancouver police are redeploying officers to deal with street disorder after an October survey commissioned by the force found 78% of respondents were concerned about crime in the city. Rumina Daya reports – Nov 9, 2020

Vancouver police say they have set up a neighbourhood response team following its commissioning of a public survey that found heightened concerns on crime.

The survey found 78 per cent of respondents were concerned about crime in the city, the department said Monday.

Sixty-one per cent said they felt crime had gotten worse over the past year, with 29 per cent saying they felt it is the same.

Click to play video 'Vancouver Police release updated crime stats' Vancouver Police release updated crime stats
Vancouver Police release updated crime stats – Oct 28, 2020

More than one-third of respondents said they have changed their routines or behaviours because of crime, such as avoiding neighbourhoods like the Downtown Eastside, Chinatown, Gastown, and the Granville entertainment district.

Story continues below advertisement

Read more: Vancouver police investigating unprovoked assaults on East Asian women as possible hate crimes

In response, the department said some officers and community safety personnel were redeployed earlier this month to respond more quickly to disturbances, suspicious circumstances, trespassing, and mischief.

The survey, which was conducted by Leger in October, spoke to 755 respondents, of which 48 per cent live in Vancouver, 28 per cent live and work in Vancouver, 13 per cent work or conduct business in Vancouver, and 11 per cent visit the city frequently.