Theft from vehicles decreased in Q3, violent crime rate steady in Delta

WITH the increased traffic on roads, collisions in the City of Delta continue to surge in comparison to last year. Compared to the three-year trend, collisions are up 8% overall. Compared to Q2, collisions are up from 273 to 305 in Q3 (July through September).

“Our analysis shows that the north end of North Delta is experiencing a slightly higher number of collisions, with the spike happening during the afternoon rush hour,” says Deputy Chief Harj Sidhu, who heads Operations for Delta Police.

Persons crimes, also sometimes known as violent crimes, have decreased slightly with 179 offences in the third quarter of 2021, compared to 2020 with 182 offences. Violent crimes includes offences such as assaults or robberies, while the broader category of persons crime also includes harassment files, for example.

“Overall, year to date in 2021, we are seeing a slight increase over the previous year in persons offences,” says Sidhu. “Assaults are down year to date. These primarily involve assaults occurring between intimate partners or family members, which are calls we take very seriously. In September our officers submitted charges in nearly two-thirds of the domestic assault files.”

Traffic violations decreased in Q3, with 1,619 tickets handed out as opposed to 2,179 traffic violations in Q3 of 2020. Violation tickets are only one component of the traffic safety strategy, which also includes driver education through presence and visibility, social media campaigns, etc. Additionally officers focused efforts on high priority issues such as impaired driving, says Delta Police.

Commercial break-and-enters have stayed relatively similar in Q3 of 2021 with 31 compared to 29 in same time period last year. Residential break-and-enters have seen a slow increase in Q3 with 39, compared to 32 in Q2. The number of incidents in 2021 is slightly lower than the 41 incidents in July-September of 2020.

Thefts from vehicles were down in Q3 of 2021, with 187 incidents reported to police, compared to 205 in Q3 of 2021. Thefts are also down 11% in comparison to the same time frame last year. These thefts include thefts of catalytic converters.

“Thefts from vehicles often goes in cycles or waves,” explains Sidhu. “We try and alert residents whenever we notice a trend in any one area – through a combination of social media, sign boards, or even alerts door to door when needed. However, the best advice I can give is to never leave anything of value in your vehicle, and to report any suspicious activity. We’d love for Delta to develop a reputation for being a poor hunting ground for this type of property crime.”