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During the 17 days of the Olympics the total numbers of all crimes fell by about one-and-a-half per cent, recent statistics compiled by Vancouver's Police Department show.
During the period of February 12 to March 1, 2010, property crime fell almost six per cent with 1,730 incidents reported compared to 1,839 last year.
During the same period, the number of violent crimes in the city rose from 324 in 2009 to 421, an increase of almost 30 per cent. The major increases within that category came from assaults. Sexual assaults rose from 16 to 27 and common assaults rose from 250 to 340.
During the middle weeks of February, the VPD released limited crime stats that represented a snapshot of what was happening at the time with the statistics that were available at that point. With pressures easing and reports being completed with all the numbers in, the Department will today inform the Vancouver Police Board of February crime statistics that represent the bigger picture.
It is difficult to draw conclusions from this 17-day period because of the extraordinary increases of both citizens and police within the downtown core. Either factor or both could contribute to these temporary spikes.
These statistics are not reflective of the Metro Vancouver crime picture during the Olympics. Anecdotal information from adjoining police jurisdictions is that crime remained the same or dropped.