- Identifies and addresses safety concerns of DSBIA members
- Advocates regarding crime prevention, policy changes and government funding priorities
- Works with property owners to:
- Encourage property maintenance
- Clean up private properties
- Improve private properties
- Identifies concerns and priorities of Members that can be passed onto the Government Relations Committee
Chair: Elfie Stumpf/David Halkett
- In collaboration with the City of Surrey, a perception of safety study of riders and businesses in and around the three City Centre Skytrain Stations conducted in February 2011
- Community Safety Breakfasts with DSBIA members and a guest speaker are held twice per year
- The security patrol program has evolved from an evening car-based program to a day-time, 5 day per week, 2 person bike patrol team in February 2008. The service hours increase from May 1- August 31, 2009 to 7 days per week. This program gains credibility with members every month and has increased interaction with the RCMP.
- Participated in stakeholder meetings for City’s Crime Reduction Strategy for three of four strands: Prevent & Deter; Apprehend & Prosecute; and Reality & Perceptions of Crime.
- Participated in the Safe Streets Coalition which advocated for stronger penalties for aggressive panhandlers and updating the Trespass Act.
- Active participation in Surrey Board of Trade Crime and Justice Committee ensures the BIA concerns are heard
- Annual Safety Audits started in 2005 and over 150 street-level business are now surveyed each summer
- In 2006, the BIA, in partnership with Surrey RCMP, created the ground-breaking theft prevention website. This allowed police and private security firms operating within BIA member businesses to share information about chronic and violent retail thieves. In 2008, this site was handed over to Downtown Victoria BA and will be going province-wide.
- Ongoing participation in RCMP Whalley Integrated Services Team (WIST)