In general, numbers don’t lie.
From the figures we’re looking at in the second quarter Surrey RCMP statistics paint a pretty dangerous picture of this city.
Violent crime is up 34 per cent in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2014.
Even more frightening is attempted murder is up a whopping 600 per cent by the same comparison. Those numbers are driven by Newotn (up 900 per cent) and Whalley (up 300 per cent). The rest have remained static.
Remember, it’s in Whalley and Newton (primarily the latter) where an orgy of violence has unfolded since March, while two groups have been gunning for each other over lucrative dial-a-dope turf. In all, there were more than 36 shootings since March 9 alone, half of which were the work of these gangsters.
Police don’t like to call them that, but let’s call it what it is. These young men (mostly in their 20s) are operating in a semi-organized fashion, firing live rounds at each other in a very public way.
I’m going with gangster.