Supt. Murray Power, officer in charge of the Langley RCMP detachment. (Langley Advance Times files)

Crime dip due to social distancing in Langley brief: top cop

The crime rate has remained steady, but more officers are now on the streets

Enforced physical isolation and the closure of many businesses in Langley does not seem to have stopped criminals from doing what they do, said the head of the local RCMP detachment.

There was a dip in reports coming to local police in the last two weeks of March, as measure social distancing measures took effect, said Supt. Murray Power.

“They took a dip in the start,” he said of the crime stats for Langley.

The isolation seems to have affected criminals briefly.

“All society went into quasi-lockdown mode,” noted Power. “They kind of got away from crime for a couple of weeks.

But since then, numbers have unfortunately come back up to about normal, Power reported.

“Overall I would say our crime trend is kind of flat,” he said.

There have been more domestic calls – concerns about domestic violence when people can’t leave their homes has been a nationwide issue – but no incidents of extreme violence locally, Power said.

Although crime isn’t seriously up or down, the coronavirus pandemic has changed patrol patterns for the RCMP.

It was announced last week that there will be more bike and foot patrols, particularly in downtown business areas where many shops and restaurants are closed or operating on reduced hours. The Gloucester industrial park is also getting more attention from police.

READ MORE: RCMP turn to bikes to patrol business districts

With schools closed, youth liaison officers are undertaking new duties.

And beyond that, there are more marked and unmarked cars out and about every day, Power said.

“We have significantly expanded the number of police officers working every day on the streets of Langley,” Power said.

One of the goals is to make sure people know the police are out there, to make them feel secure.

In some ways, the changes will make it easier for RCMP to operate.

“Drug dealers will keep dealing drugs, and we’ll keep going after drug traffickers,” Power noted.

But the reduced number of people out on the streets may make it harder for them to hide their activities when selling.

“It is going to be a little more difficult for them to operate,” Power said.

Coronaviruscrime rateLangleyLangley RCMP

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Townhouse fire in Langley

Crews called to scene Saturday afternoon

VIDEO: Langley-Aldergrove MP Tako van Popta hands out seedlings at Home Depot

Free Saskatoon berry and Red-twig Dogwood plants were offered up to shoppers Saturday morning

VIDEO: Friday night car show a no go at Surrey/Langley border

Vintage cares were turned away at 2800 block of 192nd Street due to COVID-19 precautions

Graduation 2020: Langley Fine Arts student celebrates amid social distancing

Emilie Colbourne submitted a photo of her daughter celebrating grad with her grandparents

Trudeau offers $14B to provinces for anti-COVID-19 efforts through rest of year

Making a difference in municipalities is a pricey proposition

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

Thanks for helping the Langley Advance Times to continue its mission to provide trusted local news

‘Like finding a needle in a haystack’: Ancient arrowhead discovered near Williams Lake

The artifact is believed to be from the Nesikip period between 7,500 BP to 6,000 BP

Indigenous families say their loved ones’ deaths in custody are part of pattern

Nora Martin joins other Indigenous families in calling for a significant shift in policing

Friends, family mourn Salt Spring Island woman killed in suspected murder-suicide

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for Jennifer Quesnel’s three sons

Run for Water: Abbotsford man raises $100,000 running 100-mile marathon

Kevin Barata ran up and down Ledgeview Trails 32 times, exceeding elevation of Mt. Everest

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Indigenous chief alleges RCMP beat him during arrest that began over expired licence plate

Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam calling for independent investigation

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Most Read