Life in the Lower Mainland
The decline of the housing market in Canada is largely thanked to the economic crisis. But closer to home, in BC’s lower mainland, we face the trouble of also trying to appeal to those who are still able to buy. Why? Because of the recent rise of crime.
Within seventeen and half hours this weekend surrey witnessed two shooting (one fatal), the stabbing of a cab driver, a woman kidnapped at gunpoint and one man left seriously hurt after a bar fight. There have been 34 shooting since January 20, leaving 15 dead and 16 wounded.
About sixty-one percent of residents in Metro Vancouver believe that their community is troubled by gang violence. A recent survey by Maclean’s revealed that Vancouver is the eighth most dangerous city in Canada and that with more than half the top twenty-five come from British Columbia alone.
The most disturbing fact about the recent rise of gun crimes is that they are not isolated to one area or community. It is ravishing all over the lower mainland regardless of if the area is wealthy or poor. The criminals are coming from all races and are not excluded to only being men, as some women have been involved also.
Vancouver’s (let alone Canada’s) appeal as being a ‘nice’ and ‘safe’ place to live is slowly diminishing. With shootings occurring in residential areas and at gas station pumps, the fear of being an innocent bystander to one of these horrific crimes is increasing daily.
In these financially troubling times moving away from one of these dangerous neighborhoods may not be an option for some. Only thing that many can do is just sit and wait for the government and law officials to do something about these criminals and their violent behavior.
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