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Vancouver business owners request more police in midst of violent shoplifting surge

Police are seen outside a Canadian Tire store in Vancouver, B.C. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Vancouver police responded to what they called a "serious" incident at a Canadian Tire store Thursday afternoon on the city's eastside. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

More police are being deployed in Vancouver's downtown

Larger police presence is due to complaints from business owners claiming violent shoplifting has jumped up

The additional staff is part of a planned $17-million increase in the police force budget

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –┬áThe mayor of Vancouver is promising more police will be deployed to help stop what many downtown store owners say is a dramatic rise in violent shoplifting.

Mayor Kennedy Stewart says he’s heard similar concerns about escalating crime from police Chief Adam Palmer and targeted operations have begun to try to crack down on the problem.

On Tuesday City council is scheduled to vote on Vancouver’s 2020 budget, which includes money for 25 new police officers and 10 civilian employees as part of a planned 17-million-dollar increase in the police force budget.

Stewart has promised that most of the new officers will be deployed to high-crime areas, with a focus on reducing property crime.