Surrey Police Warns Against Street Level Robberies


SURREY – Despite a decrease in the city’s robbery rate, Surrey RCMP are warning the public to remain vigilant when it comes to protecting themselves against robberies, particular those at the street level.

Although robberies are down compared to this time last year, police have seen a shift away from traditional robberies (financial institutions, retail stores) to more street-level robberies involving electronic devices.

“With the popularity of expensive portable electronics, members of the public, especially young people, are asked to be cautions and keep items like ipods and cellphones out of sight (including headphones) while outside high traffic areas like malls, movie theatres, or fast food locations,” says Surrey RCMP Cpl. Drew Grainger.

“Their small size, relatively high monetary value, and the distraction they present while listening to music, all offer easy pickings for would be robbers,” says Cpl. Grainger.

Police are advising young people that if they are confronted by a robber to not engage them. The risks posed to your personal safety are simply too serious for what is being stolen. Rather, do your best to remain calm and obtain the best possible description of the suspect and upon their departure, call 911 for police.

Parents are also urged to discuss general personal safety reminders with their teens such as staying in groups, walking in well-lit areas, and paying attention to your surroundings.

Anyone with information on robberies in the City of Surrey is encouraged to contact the Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Section at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if you wish to remain anonymous.