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RCMP outlines January crime rates

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 12:12 PDT, Tue March 30, 2021

Last Updated: 12:23 PDT, Tue March 30, 2021

A Richmond RCMP report to council in March detailed incidents that took place in January 2021.

The report noted that in the first half of the month there were two homicides, an arrest and a pedestrian hit and run in the city. 

Many other police incidents including drugs, mental health, break and enter, robbery and shoplifting were considered to be within the expected range. Thefts from automobiles were below the expected range in January 2021, with 134 incidents—down five per cent from December 2020 and down 29 per cent from January 2020.

Two statistics were considered to be above the expected range: arson and serious assault. There were seven reported arsons, down from 16 in December 2020 but up from just two in January 2020. There were 16 serious assault events, a 16 per cent decrease from December 2020 but a 45 per cent increase from January 2020. In both cases, no patterns or trends were identified. 

Compared to other RCMP-policed jurisdictions, crime in Richmond remains low. The overall violent crime rate declined six per cent in January 2021 compared to January 2020, despite the targeted shootings.

Over the course of the month, the RCMP’s community engagement team and volunteers conducted pedestrian safety deployments around the city and distributed over 1,200 safety reflectors. The DARE program began its second term, continuing with virtual lessons.

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