Total crime up 21 per cent so far this year

Third quarter stats show violent crime is down slightly, while property crimes have shot up in the first nine months of 2014

Total crime is up in Surrey, while violent crime is down slightly so far this year in Surrey, compared to the first three quarters of 2013.

While violent crime is down two per cent, property crime and other criminal code offenses have shot up, according to statistics released on Friday.

It results in a 21 per cent increase in total criminal code offenses so far this year when compared to the first nine months of 2013.

The Surrey RCMP third quarter statistics released Friday afternoon show which offenses are more prevalent and which are diminishing.

Murder is down 33 per cent and robbery is down 11 per cent. However, attempted murder is up 175 per cent and abduction and kidnapping up 25 per cent.

Combined, it reflected a two per cent decline from the first three quarters of last year.

Property crime, however is up by a fair margin.

Statistics show there has been a 27 per cent increase from the first three quarters of last year.

Some of the big increases so far this year are fraud (up 67 per cent), theft of motor vehicle (57 per cent), stolen property (42 per cent), theft from motor vehicle (36 per cent) and identity theft (26 per cent).

Other criminal code offenses were also up 19 per cent, including causing a disturbance (25 per cent) bail violations (14 per cent) and possession of offensive weapons, which was up 13 per cent.

There were more marijuana possession cases so far this year as well, with Mounties seeing a nine per cent increase from the first three quarters of last year. Marijuana production and cocaine possession were both down significantly (52 per cent and 29 per cent, respectively).

The level of property crime increase has been the most surprising in this quarter’s statistics.

Police say it’s partly in keeping with increases among other Lower Mainland municipalities this year.

In addition, Surrey launched a campaign called “Observe it, Report it” encouraging people to report property crime, which resulted in more cases being handled by the RCMP. Mounties say a companion “Protect it, Lock it” campaign is aimed at reducing the amount of theft.

Crime has been identified as the number one issue heading into this fall’s election.

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