Below is an update received from Sgt Mike Spencer of the RCMP, who was at our last general meeting.
I know that we don’t have another FHCA meeting until the new year, so I’m hoping that you will help me reach out to the Fraser Heights residents with some information I would like to share with them.
For starters, there were a couple of questions that I had been asked at the September FHCA meeting that I was unable to answer at the time, and I would like to provide feedback to those.
Question #1) “Do we still experience problems with Marijuana Grow Operations in Fraser Heights?”
As I mentioned at the meeting, I was not personally aware of any ‘problems’ relating to Marijuana grow operations in Fraser Heights (acknowledging that it used to be a significant problem), however I inquired with our Crime Analysts and asked them to provide me with details regarding Grow Op complaints.
- According to the Crime Analyst I spoke to, we have not received a complaint regarding a Marijuana Grow Operation since 2016.
Question #2) “Can you speak to the “ten year” stats?”
Although I was not in a position to confidently speak accurately to the “10 year” stats (the statistics that detail the crime in the city over the past 10 years) while I was presenting at the meeting – but anyone who is interested can see the following:
- Overall crime (by volume) has been trending downward since 2014. Similarly, the overall crime rate has been trending down over the last decade, despite the increase experienced in 2014. In 2018, for the fourth consecutive year, crime overall (by both volume and rate) decreased from the year previous.
- The total number of Criminal Code offences in 2018 was below the 10-year average (6% lower). In fact, it is the lowest it has been in the last 10 years.
- The crime rate decreased 6% from the year previous, and 25% from 2014. The crime rate in 2018 was lower than the 10-year average (16% lower), and the lowest it has been in the last 10 years. It has decreased each year in the last decade (from the year previous), with the exception of the spike in 2014.
- Surrey’s Crime Severity Index (CSI) has been trending downward since 2009. The 2018 CSI value is down nearly 9% from the year previous and the lowest it has been in the last decade.
- The Violent Crime Severity Index has also been trending downward over the last 10 years, and despite a small upswing in 2015, reached a 10-year low in 2018. The Non Violent Crime Severity Index has also been trending downward over the last decade.
A detailed version of the ’10 year’ statistics can be found on the Surrey RCMP website at http://surrey.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=2202&languageId=1&contentId=61356
Also of note to Fraser Heights residents, there has been a significant decrease in the number of Theft From Autos over the past month. In looking over the statistics for the entire City of Surrey, TFA’s continue to be a problem – predominantly around large malls, Skytrain stations, and dense neighbourhoods (all places where cars are routinely parked and left unoccupied). HOWEVER, the Fraser Heights ‘only’ experienced four (4) of these incidents in the 28 day period commencing September 11th. It seems obvious to me that our collective efforts are starting to pay off, the most important aspect being that residents are being more diligent than ever at ensuring their doors are locked and their valuables are removed from their vehicles when they are being left unoccupied – even (and especially) when they are parked in their driveway.
This is excellent news and I was actually hesitant to even share it out of fear that it may inadvertently or subconsciously cause some complacency. Please do not entice these criminals back into your neighbourhood by making them believe that ‘business’ is good again in Fraser Heights. REMAIN DILIGENT, NEVER ASSUME IT WON’T HAPPEN TO YOU, AND DON’T MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM 🙂
Thanks for caring,