Abbotsford casts aside murderous reputation: "Abbotsford, B.C., has shed the ugly mantle of Canada's murder capital on a per-capita basis that it earned in 2009.
The dubious distinction has likely moved north to the B.C. Interior city of Prince George.
'We went from 11 murders in 2009 to four this year,' Abbotsford police spokesman Const. Ian MacDonald said Thursday.
He attributed the decline to police getting in the face of gangsters. An increased focus on intelligence gathering led to drug interceptions and violence was snuffed out.
'We got in their face and said, 'We're hearing what the word on the street is, and if you think you're in Abbotsford to do that, you won't be successful.' '
MacDonald points to a 14 per cent drop in violent crime up to December 2010, a 65 per cent drop in shots fired, and a 31 per cent drop in home invasions. Also, there were four attempted murders in 2009, and none in 2010, MacDonald said.
Abbotsford cops also decided to tell the public about gangs and investigations. They bluntly warned youths and parents that even flirting with the drug world could mean death."