Richmond Review: Canada Line no ‘Crime Train’

Our pressure for a secure Canada Line has made a difference in reducing crime rates – but a rise in violent crimes is very concerning.

Canada Line no ‘Crime Train’
By Todd Coyne – Richmond Review

“And while the overall number of crimes occurring in these areas remained steady, there were some changes in the types of crimes occurring in the areas around Richmond’s transit stations.

Property crimes decreased significantly around Richmond-Brighouse, Lansdowne and YVR-Airport stations, according to the report.

But property crimes around Bridgeport more than doubled from 53 incidents in 2008-2009 to 136 in 2009-2010.

Violent crime also increased by 39 incidences post-Canada Line, with a 2009-2010 total of 163 violent crimes reported—mostly around the city’s central stations.

Business break-and-enter incidents were nearly cut in half around all Richmond Canada Line stations and shoplifting, mischief and thefts from vehicles also decreased considerably.

During the line’s construction, Richmond First councillors coined the term “Crime Train,” suggesting the name would stick if security wasn’t a priority.”

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