Vancouver Vice

Traffic collisions, assaults and drug offenses are up in this city according to the Vancouver Police Department’s Annual Report that was released today.

Vancouver Police say crime in the city has decreased 7.5 per-cent overall, with reductions in property crime leading the way. [cknw]

If you’re interested, read the report online [vpd], or pick up a copy of the Sun and check out the $20,000 coverage.

The VPD have had quite the year, especially after spending millions of dollars and enlisting “200 investigators from multiple police forces and consultation with the FBI and Scotland Yard” [] with the Graham McMynn abduction case. It gave us a taste of cop sensationalism (but only for about 10 days). Nowhere near what you’d see in other parts (or in regards to other stories) where cases can be dragged out on years via the covers of impulse buy mags and papers at the grocery store.

The Vancouver Police Department annual report for 2005… also shows that Vancouver residents are more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than a murder [globe & mail]

Street racing, speeding, more cars on the road. I’m sure if the Pattullo Bridge [mbv] was in Vancouver the numbers would climb even higher.

They’ve had their share of criticisms and even praise. So what are your thoughts on Vancouver’s finest and the report for 2005?

1 Comment so far

  1. john trenouth (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 1:23 pm

    In my neighbourhood just a couple blocks north east of police headquarters I’ve seen dozens of junkies shooting up in plain sight, domestic violence in the alleys, crack-addled working girls trolling for business, post-break-in glass shards where cars used to be, a tweaker throwing a noisy fit with a bike, but absolutely not a single uniformed police officer on the streets.

    Despite all of this I have yet to actually feel personally threatened. Perhaps the police are keeping a lid on things in subtle ways. Still, it would be nice to see a uniform or two walking around every so often.

    Still, it would be nice to see one or

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