Vancouver police have released crime statistics for 2019 that they say show a decrease in major violent crimes like homicides, sexual offences, and bank robberies.
“The number of homicides in 2019 was at a five-year low,” said VPD Sgt. Aaron Roed in a release. In total, there were 10 homicides reported for the year. This is a decrease from the 15 reported in 2018, 19 in 2017, 12 in 2016, and 16 in 2015.
Police noted that the number of bank robberies reported last year was also the lowest reported in the past 10 years.
It wasn’t a pretty picture across the board, however.
In 2019, the number of assaults increased from 4,064 incidents in 2018 to 4,521 – representing over 78% of all violent crime in the city.
And while the number of homicides decreased, the number of “shots fired” incidents rose from 19 in 2018 to 29.
Incidents of property crime also increased by 5.2% in 2019, compared to 2018, and incidents involving theft from automobiles increased by nearly 13% – marking the ninth consecutive year this type of crime has increased.
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“The number of break-and-enter incidents at businesses increased by 21% in 2019,” police said. “This is primarily due to significant increases to break-and-enter incidents at underground parkades and storage rooms.”
Complete statistics are available here.