Letter: More Burnaby cops needed in my 'unsafe' neighbourhood


Re: Burnaby man doused with hot coffee says Metrotown ‘increasingly unsafe,’ NOW News

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Having just read the story about a person being doused with coffee on Kingsway and Willingdon, I felt compelled to comment.

I walk this area many times a week as part of my 10,000-step daily commitment. 

Over the past five years, it has become increasingly unsafe. Even the daily walk has become unsafe. One has to dodge speeding cyclists on narrow sidewalks, skateboarders and, more recently, electric mono-wheeled vehicles. All this along with the constant threat of an unwarranted assault from behind.

In short, Metrotown is unsafe for pedestrians. The question is do the decision-makers care?

What has shocked me during my walks is the lack of police patrolling downtown Burnaby.

Could it be Burnaby is under-policed? I realize policing was not a priority for the previous council. On a recent occasion, I saw a Vancouver police officer handing out distracted driving tickets on Kingsway and Sussex, so I chatted with him and apparently the RCMP don’t always have the resources to do traffic enforcement in Burnaby. So what are they doing?

I read in the NOW that the new mayor and council have added RCMP officers, but one can hardly tell from seeing them patrolling downtown Burnaby. Time for a change in leadership and foot patrols from Wilson to Royal Oak on Kingsway.

Terry Cioni, Burnaby


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