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- Even as Vancouver prepares to host the 2010 Winter Games, its crime rate is going up. Since January alone, there have been 45 shootings in the region, 17 of them fatal. There were 58 murders last year in this region of 2.7 million people, up from 41 the year before, according to the regional Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.
Vancouver police are deterring drive-by shootings by setting up cement barricades outside of gangsters' homes.
The temporary cement blocks sit in front of two houses in southeast Vancouver in the 1200-block of East 63rd Avenue and the 900-block of East 54th Avenue.
Const. Jana McGuinness confirmed the barricades are to prevent drive-by shootings.
[...] The barricades are meant to slow down people driving by the homes, deterring them from firing shots and speeding off.
City engineer Murray Whiteman, who is responsible for street operations, said the barriers are a cost-effective way to curb gunplay.
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