In Canada as a whole, crime rates have actually gone down in the past few years. Statistics Canada presented a 3% reduction in police-reported crimes all over Canada. Crime rate is actually lowest at present over a period of four decades. However, there are still places where people should keep an eye out for danger and unscrupulous individuals. Some types of crime were significantly lowered such as theft, disturbance of peace and breakage and entry. Some kinds were also on the rise such as unlawful firearm discharge, arson and sexual violence against children.
Saskatchewan is the most dangerous Canadian province. The Prairie province remains as the most dangerous place in Canada with the highest crime rate of 7%. Although it presented the biggest decline within a year’s period, Saskatchewan still leads all other Canadian provinces with 11,513 crimes reported for every 100,000 residents.
Other provinces that also topped the list include Manitoba with 8,809 reported crimes. British Columbia had 7,727 reported crimes. Alberta had 7,262 reported crimes while Ontario had 4,016 only and scored the lowest.
Dangerous territories were also recorded in the list. Yukon had 20,717 reported crimes. Nunavut had 39,229 reported crimes and Northwest Territories had 48,052 reported crimes. These places were deemed outliers.
As for the most dangerous cities, Western Canada is the most dangerous followed by Regina and Saskatoon in Saskatchewan province. Regina had 8,755 crime rates while Saskatoon had 8,512 crime rates. Kelowna, B.C. was also rated as one of the most dangerous cities with 8,875 crime rates.
The CSI or Crime Severity Index found a general decrease in serious crimes all across Canada. There were only seven regions that suffered a CSI score decrease from 2012 to 2013. These are Moncton, N.B. with a 15% increase, Windsor, Ont. With a 7% increase, Kelowna, B.C. with a 6% increase, Guelph, Ont. with a 6% increase, St. Catharines-Niagara with a 5% increase, Gatineau with a 2% increase and Brantford, Ont. with a 1% increase.
Some cities have made the list two or more times with western cities always on the upper levels when it comes to the worst crimes. Overall, Toronto has a crime score ranking of No. 52 which has not moved for 13 years. There were also cities that significantly improved through the years. Arthabaska, Que. used to be the murder capital. However, in 2009, there were no witnessed murders. The reports can serve as a guide for authorities as to which cities and areas would need the most support in decreasing crime rates.
Sources: http://www2.macleans.ca/canadas-most-dangerous-cities/, http://www2.macleans.ca/crime-chart/#city_table, http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130725/dq130725b-eng.htm?HPA, http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/saskatchewan-still-most-dangerous-province-stats-canada-190911317.html