Property crime rate 2017 versus 2018 per 100,00 population comparing Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley, Mission, Ridge Meadows and Surrey. (APD)

Chilliwack property crime tops in the region as violent crime sees 50 per cent spike

Local spending on policing among the lowest with the highest number of resident per officer

A recent presentation to Abbotsford city council about crime and policing around the region showed what has been known for a long time, Chilliwack has among the highest crime rates while spending the least on policing.

Graphs illustrating regional crime data presented by the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) showed property crime in Chilliwack in 2018 at 7,708 per 100,000 population, up from 7,493 in 2017.

That property crime rate is 42 per cent higher than Langley at 5,432 per 100,000, 49 per cent higher than Mission at 5,166 per 100,000, and 51 per cent higher than Abbotsford at 5,094 per 100,000.

All of those communities had rates higher than Ridge Meadows and Surrey.

As for violent crime, the picture is even worse. With a 2018 rate of 1,573 per 100,000 population in Chilliwack, that’s up 50 per cent over 2017 at 1,050 per 100,000. Mission saw a similar jump from 1,069 in 2017 to 1,610 in 2018.

Chilliwack’s violent crime rate in 2018 was 55 per cent higher than Abbotsford, 67 higher than Langley, and 70 higher than Surrey.

Chilliwack city council does not receive a similar presentation from the RCMP on crime statistics, but Supt. Bryon Massie did confirm the numbers were accurate.

Mayor Ken Popove said the issue is important to council and they are acting, first off with adding six more police officers in this year’s budget.

• READ MORE: Council approves the Chilliwack 2019 financial plan with added policing and DT cleanups

Those six officers come after 15 officers were added to the force the year before.

• READ MORE: Head of Chilliwack RCMP sums up six months of policing the city

Public safety is routinely single largest line item in the city’s annual budget with policing taking up nearly a third of tax dollars gathered. Still, in the APD presentation comparing 15 agencies in communities from Victoria to Chilliwack, the Chilliwack RCMP had the lowest cost per capita for policing in 2016, while Victoria had the highest, Vancouver second highest, Delta third.

At least part of that cost differential is the higher salaries paid to municipal police forces than Mounties receive.

But the number of officers per capita showed stark differences, too. At just under 800 residents per police officer, Chilliwack is tops. Saanich and Abbotsford are under 700 population per officer, Delta under 600, Vancouver under 500, and Victoria at around 400 people per officer meaning there are almost twice as many police officers per citizen in the provincial capital than in Chilliwack.

On the crime numbers, Mayor Popove said city hall is well aware and they are working on the issue.

“The people that we are hoping to get at the table is, of course RCMP, the aboriginal community, the judiciary, provincial police services, legal people, Crown counsel, Fraser Health, and see if we can maybe come up with a made for Chilliwack plan,” Popove said.

“I know as far as the RCMP goes, we heard what the people asked for, but at $172,000 per cop, you do the math, that’s a fair bit of dough. That will certainly create situations for the police to be more efficient and go after the prolific [offenders] like we’ve been harping on year after year.”

• REALATED: Chilliwack crime rate dropping, still among highest in Lower Mainland


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Violent crime rate 2017 versus 2018 per 100,000 population comparing Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley, Mission, Ridge Meadows and Surrey. (APD)

Agency comparison 2016 population per police officer of Chilliwack RCMP, Langley RCMP, Mission RCMP, Saanich, Abbotsford, New Westminster, Delta, Vancouver and Victoria. (APD)

Just Posted

Judge questions joint submission for Chilliwack man who sexually assaulted girl

Crown, defence ordered to find case law to back up one-year sentencing for Andrew Mullaly

Flood mitigation money coming to protect Chilliwack-area communities

It’s $45M in infrastructure funding to build 6km of dikes, a flood gate, and pump station

CSOPA’s six spring productions in Chilliwack include play about boy with autism

Mix of musicals, comedy, mystery and more for Chilliwack School of Performing Arts’ May shows

Chilliwack’s hospital morgue needs an expansion

Fraser Health plans to more than double the space for ‘decedents’; upgrade antiquated elevators

Chilliwack Mounties pitch tickets to three-strike motorists

When street signage and Speedwatch didn’t work, drivers met with traffic officers

VIDEO: ‘Alarm bells’ raised by footage allegedly from B.C. pig farm, SPCA says

PETA released video Wednesday showing dead and injured piglets next to nursing piglets

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

VIDEO: Surrey stabbing leaves man with ‘potentially life altering injuries’

Police believe an altercation between two people led to the incident, in the 13700-block of 97A Ave.

VIDEO: Surrey RCMP investigating after ‘sudden death’ of man found with critical injuries

Police say a man is dead after being found laying on the ground in the 13300-block of 114th Avenue

Many teens don’t know they’re vaping nicotine, Health Canada finds

Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey finds youth unaware of nicotine product risk

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man charged with daughters’ murders

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

Tofino beckons Trudeau for quiet Easter vacation

Environmental group hopes latest Pacific Rim vacation inspires change in prime minister

Most Read