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Big drop in number of shootings, shots fired calls in Surrey

(Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

36 fewer incidents of shootings, shots fired: Surrey RCMP

There were 59 incidents of shootings and shots fired in Surrey in 2017; last year, there were 38

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – The number of shootings and shots fired calls in Surrey dropped significantly last year, according to RCMP.

Cpl. Elenore Sturko adds when you compare 2017 to 2018, the numbers have dropped by 36 per cent. “That’s actually a reduction in the number of shots fired since 2015, which is very positive.”

She says two years ago, there were 59 incidents. Last year, there were 38.

“The number of shots fired is the number of times where we had reports from the public of shots that are confirmed by evidence,” she explained.

Sturko says in recent years, they have stepped up both enforcement and education around gun violence.

“We’re by no means stopping our efforts to continue this downward trend and work on reducing these numbers even further. But it is an indication that we’re moving in the right direction.”

Surrey has already recorded its first shooting of 2019. A teen is recovering after he was shot following a car crash late Wednesday night in the Cedary Hills neighbourhood.

 – With files from Martin MacMahon