The 80/20 Rule and Policing problem areas

Ridge Meadows

2017-07-20 10:40 PDT

Maple Ridge, B.C. - Have you heard of the 80/20 Rule? Sometimes called the Pareto principle it states that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of causes. In retail, this translates to 80% of sales come from 20% of your repeat customers. Similarly in policing this principle can be applied.

                             Superintendent Jennifer Hyland

We recently did a crime analysis of the area which includes the current displacement camp located at 11683 223rd street. Although the specific address where the camp is located did generate a disproportionately higher amount of calls for service, the general area calls for service only showed a very slight increase when comparing the same time period over last year (May 2nd to July 12th). What we can share is that, by our reports and data, generally most criminal incidents in the area of the camp are between the camp residents themselves (camper on camper).

This is not meant to imply that everything is rainbows and lollipops. Of course there are social disorder issues occurring in every city and we want to assist in effecting change on these issues for our home town. We acknowledge this has been tough for residents and business owners. We understand there is a larger social impact which our data is not capturing. We ‘get it’ that these are difficult times.

Our goal is to help you get through these difficult times.

Some residents and business owners have been communicating the impacts they are experiencing. To those people we say thank you for being passionate and involved. We encourage our citizens to report to us. We encourage our citizens to continue to call us. We can assure you that we are attending this area daily.

In addition to responding to these calls our police officers are proactively patrolling this area by foot and vehicle day and night. Our members are liaising with community citizens and business owners. We continue to make ourselves open and approachable for all our citizens.

Sometimes people simply don’t know who to call. Sometimes citizens aren’t sure if something is a police matter, or a city matter or perhaps a bylaw matter. In any of these circumstances we will be happy to take calls and connect you to the right agency if the matter is not something we can be helpful with.

It is not uncommon for us to have a problem location in one area and we want to service the entirety of our community. The point is, call it in. If you see something, say something.


Superintendent Jennifer Hyland
Officer In Charge
Ridge Meadows RCMP Detachment

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Ridge Meadows RCMP
11990 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, B.C. V2X 9B8
Office: (604) 467-7607
Fax: (604) 467-7633

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