WTS – What the Surrey #25: We're Not Number One

Comments 7 by Rebecca Bollwitt

A report about crime in Canada’s cities came out a while ago and I’ve been meaning to address it. Getting around to it now I hope that some way, some how, this quashes some fears folks have about traveling out of downtown, Vancouver, and dare I say… over the Fraser River.

Earlier this year Canada’s 10 most dangerous cities were revealed. The Province compiled a graphic (yet pixelated) version of the list but for the record, here are the top ten: Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Prince George, Edmonton, New Westminster, Chilliwack, Victoria, Vancouver, Halifax.

The rankings are based on 2006 per capita crime rates, the most recent available from the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics. Maclean’s created a ranking based on aggregate results of six personal and property crimes: murder, sexual assault, aggravated assault (the most serious kind), robbery, breaking and entering, and auto theft. [Macleans]

You’ll find five BC cities listed in the top ten, and Surrey is not included. I wrote a post last year about how it is also no longer the car theft capital of North America and those incidents are down.

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The break and enter rates in Chilliwack, B.C., Victoria and Regina, for instance, rank within the top 10 per cent of all American cities. The per capita robbery rates in Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Regina would put them among the top 10 robbery-plagued metropolitan areas of the U.S. And you are far more likely to have your automobile stolen in Winnipeg or Joliette, Que., than anywhere in the U.S., including metropolitan Detroit and Las Vegas, the auto theft capitals of America. [Macleans]

Don’t get me wrong, Surrey has its ongoing issues as well, along with the growing concern about homelessness etc. However, my goal has always been to portray my hometown in a positive light, as it is so often in the shadows.

In a few weeks the Surrey Environmental Extravaganza will be launching 7 weeks of over 60 FREE activities (from tree planting to shorekeeping) for people of all ages, across the city. With upcoming events like this, the Youth Band Jam and Skate, and the summer Farmers’ Market, I hope those around Metro Vancouver will be more receptive to the idea of visiting Surrey.

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  1. Gary Jones :: BlueFur.comWednesday, April 2nd, 2008 — 9:31am PDT

    Interesting stats here…


  2. JodiWednesday, April 2nd, 2008 — 10:15am PDT

    Holy crap, New West is number 6? But it’s so cute and tiny. I’m shocked.

  3. Tyler IngramWednesday, April 2nd, 2008 — 12:37pm PDT

    It’s nice to see Surrey getting a better rep! Though it will take a while until people won’t think as Surrey being dirty 😉

    But I’m rarely ever over on that side of the river so I can’t speak for any part of it. Just driving through on King George or 152nd is pretty much where most of my experience in Surrey takes place. I do miss the Newton Wave Pool though, that was a fun place when I was little.

  4. teflonjediWednesday, April 2nd, 2008 — 6:38pm PDT

    Me too, I’m disappointed in my home town of New Westminster. I’m a geaduate of NWSS, class of ’87, and things were “rough” back in those days, but I’d hoped things would have gotten better in the last 21 years…

  5. KeithThursday, April 3rd, 2008 — 12:28am PDT

    Definitely glad to see the stats being published to reflect reality. Though working with some people who couldn’t find the Port Mann bridge if you drew them a map, I think it may be a long while, as Tyler mentioned, before the reputation is as clean as somewhere like North Van or Port Moody.

    (QESS FTW!)

  6. RaulThursday, April 3rd, 2008 — 2:52am PDT

    I love New Westminster even if it’s # 6 on the crime list. I feel much safer there at night than I do on Granville Street between Davie and Robson.

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