Vancouver Police is investigating 29 cases of anti-Asian hate crime and hate-related incidents in Vancouver.
There were four such incidents during the same time period last year.
VPD has also identified 77 hate-associated police files, up from 51 at the same time in 2019.
In addition, there are 10 active files from April and May that police are currently investigating that could potentially be classified as hate-related upon further investigation, VPD said.
Vancouver police is taking several measures to combat the increase in hate crimes, including engaging with the Chinese community, extra foot patrols in Chinatown, and a public safety trailer with cameras in Chinatown and two other locations in the city.
VPD is also developing a system that will allow victims to report non-emergency incidents in Chinese. Police are asking residents to report suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1.
“Our detectives are continuing to prioritize the hate-related crimes that have been reported to us,” says Laurence Rankin, Deputy Chief Constable, Investigations, VPD.
“Investigations are complex, and can take some time. We want to ensure we work to achieve successful outcomes in each investigation and appreciate the community’s patience and support.”