January 19, 2018

Have You Fallen Victim To An Unpunished Crime

Getting Justice If you feel as if you’ve been a victim of a crime that’s gone unpunished, you might want to look further into it to make sure justice is served. It might not be work you can do alone, but the outcome might be some form of well-deserved compensation. Depending on the crime, the value of the investigations you put in place may … [Read more...]

Bail Or Jail: What Is The Best Solution For Defendants Awaiting Trial?

Source: One of the biggest debates on criminal law is whether defendants should be allowed their freedom while awaiting their trial. On one hand, we like to believe in the notion of innocent until proven guilty. But on the other, releasing dangerous people into the world could put the public at risk. While serious crime has dropped to its lowest … [Read more...]

Surrey’s mayor pledges to unveil a crime fighting plan for Panorama Ridge

People living in Panorama Ridge left a meeting with Surrey's mayor with some hope a plan is coming after four bodies have been found on the same road this year. Bob Campbell with the local ratepayers association says people voiced their frusterations to Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts and the RCMP. "The mayor said she was going to come up with a plan and … [Read more...]

Study finds transit fare gates don’t curb crime

Fare gates on public transit systems have very little impact on fare evasion, crime and public disorder. That's the finding of a study carried out by Criminologist Darryl Plecas at the University of the Fraser Valley.  Plecas says while the introduction of turnstiles and fare gates is perceived by the public as a panacea to deal with fare … [Read more...]

Violent crime down in Vancouver

According to a report compiled by the Vancouver Police Department, violent crime has dropped in the city for the sixth year running. In 2012, violent crime affected 9.58 out of a thousand people. That's a 6.9 percent drop from 2011. Since a high of 12.13 in 2006, the violent crime rate has dropped 16.6 percent since 2008. During that period, … [Read more...]

Starz Develops “Departed” Scribe’s “Crime”

Atlas Entertainment, Henceforth Pictures, Starz and Sonar Entertainment are all teaming to produce the 1960s UK-set drama series "Crime." Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan ("The Departed," "Kingdom of Heaven") is penning the series which is described as "a study of criminal enterprise and scandal" during the period. Monahan adds that … [Read more...]

Union hails drop in Transit crime

After years of pleading with operators to improve overall safety, union leaders are praising Metro Vancouver's new transit police chief for putting more officers where they can make a difference. Crimes against people, including assaults against bus drivers,  dropped a record 17% during the first half of the year. The VP of CAW local 111 Gavin … [Read more...]

Delta Police arrest sex crime suspect

Delta Police have arrested a man, wanted in Arizona for sex crimes against a child. George Ross Wilcox never showed up for his trial in Pima County Arizona in 2009, but was convicted anyway of two counts of sexual contact with a minor. Constable Ciaran Feenan says investigators in Delta learned Wilcox may have been in the area two-and-a-half years … [Read more...]

Top Cop: crime dropping, but work to be done

While national crime rates have dropped significantly over the past 40 years, Vancouver's top cop says there's still lots more work to do. Chief Jim Chu says gangs and property crime rates are higher here than many other cities, but he's pleased general numbers have fallen. "Improved policing is helping drive crime rates down. There's … [Read more...]

Tories take credit for reduction in crime

The number of crimes reported to police is continuing to go down. Statistics Canada says crime reporting is at its lowest level since 1972. Nearly two million incidents were reported last year, about 110-thousand fewer than in 2010. The severity of crime index is also down six percent. The news has Public Safety Minister Vic Toews taking credit for … [Read more...]