Surrey: The 2013 Crime Reduction Strategy Annual Report shows significant progress continues to be made in ensuring safer and vibrant communities within the City of Surrey. As of May 2014, more than 90% of the 106 recommendations of the Crime Reduction Strategy have been implemented or are well underway.

“The Crime Reduction Strategy is a comprehensive, problem solving approach that seeks to not only remedy the immediate issues, but also the deeply rooted problems associated with crime,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “Our broad based strategy engages the community and numerous agencies with the goal of breaking the cycles of crime that have been embedded for generations.”

The comprehensive community development approach to reducing crime, introduced in 2007, has worked towards creating safer communities not just through enforcement but in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders.

“During the past year, we have strengthened relationships with our partners, and implemented new initiatives and technology to help us improve safety, assist vulnerable people, prevent domestic abuse, and address the root causes of crime in our community,” says Community Safety Chair Cllr. Barinder Rasode.