‘I don’t need anyone telling me about crime in Surrey. I live here.’

A letter writer says a commentator’s view of Surrey’s crime situation misses many of the root causes and potential solutions.  - Leader file photo
A letter writer says a commentator’s view of Surrey’s crime situation misses many of the root causes and potential solutions.
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I gather from the headline of your recent article on crime statistics (The Leader, Aug. 14) that Dr. Rob Gordon is an expert on crime in Surrey. Dr. Gordon is not a police officer and does not live in Surrey. The last thing we need is another agenda in the mix here. How about asking Surrey-ites what we think?

We’ve had a perfect storm for crime in Surrey for as long as I can remember. We’ve spiraled downward over the years by maintaining a low tax rate. That rate has attracted explosive population growth. Add to that a city and provincial government that have done little to mitigate the social problems created by this tremendous growth.

Decades of random housing developments and strip malls popping up like game pieces on a Monopoly board are exacting their price. It takes over an hour to cross the city these days – if you’re lucky.

Community concerns about growing crime, rapid growth, over development and a lack of social services have fallen on deaf ears, again for decades. Instead of solving the problems of Whalley we’ve expanded those problems to include Newton.

And now we’re being told, again, that we don’t need more police officers, that crime in Surrey isn’t really that bad, and that if we have more police officers  – damn it – we’re only going to report more crime.

I don’t need anyone to tell me about crime in Surrey. I live here.


Sheena Wilkie


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