Chilliwack crime: downtown residents push for change

A group of concerned Chilliwack citizens say it’s time to do something about the amount of crime in the downtown area.

A group of concerned Chilliwack citizens say it’s time to do something about downtown crime

RCMP officers talk during the investigation of multiple homicides in Rosedale, east of Chilliwack, B.C., on Friday May 8, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck (The Canadian Press)

A group of concerned Chilliwack citizens say it's time to do something about the amount of crime in the downtown area.

More than 650 people have joined a Facebook group, Change for Chilliwack, and they are holding a community information session Saturday for the first time.

Co-founder of the group, Shannon Werry, says she started the group after reading residents' frustration about crime in other Facebook groups. Some posts even encouraged people to take matters into their own hands.

"We want to show them that there are resources within the city of Chilliwack that are available for them to use," she said.

"We do not condone vigilantism."

Downtown crime

Werry recently moved to downtown Chilliwack from a rural part of town and immediately noticed the amount of crime in her new neighbourhood.

"There was quite a bit of crime happening. On a nightly basis I will usually see something in my area, and it was becoming a bit overwhelming for me."

She says she has seen people breaking windows, dealing drugs, vandalizing property and assaulting others.

Resources

Residents concerned about crime in their neighbourhood can join Block Watch or Citizens on Patrol, said Werry.

Change for Chilliwack is hosting it's first community session this Saturday at Ruth and Naomi's Mission.

"We wanted to make it a comfortable environment for residents who do want to see a change, to meet."


To listen to the full interview, click the link labelled: Chilliwack citizens to tackle property crime.

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