If it feels like violent crime in Vancouver is down, it’s because it has been dropping. Vancouver Police have been working on targeting organized crime and gangs, much of which has moved to Surrey and Abbotsford.
According to News 1130, programs like Bar Watch and Restaurant Watch are just some of the initiatives that Vancouver Police has taken to make it uncomfortable for the criminal element to hang out in Vancouver.
Violent crime includes homicides, stabbings, robberies, attempted murders, assaults and sexual assaults. All of these have been on the decline since 2006.
VPD Crime Statistics via News 1130
There were 15 in 2011 — 11 solved
There were eight in 2012 — six solved
There have been four in 2013 so far
Violent crime is down seven per cent compared with last year.