Vancouver police say the city has seen a drop in the most serious categories of violent crime, along with marked dips in property crime.
But while homicides, sex offences and bank robberies were all down in 2019, police said the overall violent crime rate climbed by 7.2 per cent, driven by a “significant” 11.2-per cent increase in assaults.
Shots fired calls were also up, from 19 in 2018 to 29 in 2019.
Police said assaults represented more than 78 per cent of all violent crime in the city last year.
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