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Vancouver police say increased foot patrols make DTES safer

Vancouver police say the rate of violent crime in the DTES has decreased since the force beefed up foot patrols in the neighbourhood on Jan. 28.

In the last two weeks, police say there have been two serious assaults — one which led to a death — and one robbery in the area, compared to an average of eight assaults and four robberies every two weeks in the six months leading up to the project.

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In the months before the launch of this foot patrol initiative, police say there had been a considerable spike in street crime and vulnerable people being taken advantage of by others coming in from outside of Vancouver to commit crimes, like dealing drugs and selling stolen goods.

The foot patrol initiative has led to several seizures of weapons, drugs, and stolen property.

Vancouver police have made several seizures of weapons, drugs, and stolen property since beef..

Vancouver police say the rate of violent crime in the DTES has decreased since the force beefed up foot patrols in the neighbourhood on Jan. 28.

In the last two weeks, police say there have been two serious assaults — one which led to a death — and one robbery in the area, compared to an average of eight assaults and four robberies every two weeks in the six months leading up to the project.

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In the months before the launch of this foot patrol initiative, police say there had been a considerable spike in street crime and vulnerable people being taken advantage of by others coming in from outside of Vancouver to commit crimes, like dealing drugs and selling stolen goods.

The foot patrol initiative has led to several seizures of weapons, drugs, and stolen property.

Vancouver police have made several seizures of weapons, drugs, and stolen property since beefing up foot patrols in the Downtown Eastside.

“We are pleased with the positive change this initiative has brought to the Downtown Eastside so far. Violent crime is down and residents and merchants are able to use the sidewalks again,” VPD Deputy Chief Howard Chow said. “We have received positive feedback from the community and our officers will continue to work with residents and businesses to make the area a safer place to live, work, and visit.”

Vancouver police claim people from outside of the area have been taking advantage of residents by offering them cash to steal desirable goods. The VPD says it is working to identify those “predatory fences and to deter their behaviours.”

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Police have expanded their patrols into the neighbouring communities of Chinatown and Gastown.

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