The majority of people in Metro Vancouver fear falling victim to crime: study

As random crime has recently become a widespread problem in Vancouver, a timely new online survey has revealed some worrying trends when it comes to the perception of crime in the province, where nearly half of the population say they fear that they will become a victim. of crime.

The study, conducted by Research Co., comes in the heels of the Vancouver police releasing their own troubling statistics.

Amazingly, 48% of British Columbians fear the reality of becoming a victim of crime in their own community “a great deal” or “very much.” This is an increase of six points compared to a similar poll, Research Co. completed back in December 2020.

In recent weeks, VPD has released some staggering numbers when it comes to crime in a number of different areas. A statement from the VPD in October said more than four people are being randomly attacked every day in Vancouver. They also revealed that between January 1 and October 15, there was a 550% increase in cases of violent shoplifting.

Looking at the different regions of the province, the fear of crime is highest in Metro Vancouver (54%), followed by Northern BC (49%), Fraser Valley (41%), Vancouver Island (41%) and Southern. BC (32%).

While 63% of British Colombians would feel safe walking alone in their own neighborhood at night, this has dropped five points since 2020.

Some of the results vary widely when it comes to how safe men and women feel in their respective neighborhoods.

“Three out of four men in British Columbia (74%) say they would feel safe strolling through their neighborhood at night,” said Mario Canseco, president of Research Co., in a statement. “Only 53% of women share the same view.”

When it comes to perceptions of the frequency of crime, 44% of British Colombians believe that criminal activity has increased in their communities over the past four years.

Another worrying revelation from the survey was that 20% of British Colombians have been victims of an assault or burglary in the last four years.

Residents were asked why they feel this is the case, and 48% of respondents said they believe mental health and drug abuse are to blame, while 38% feel it is due to drug trafficking or criminal gangs.

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