How dangerous is Valley?

How dangerous is Valley?
Manitoba communities near the top of dangerous cities report
According to the latest by Maclean's Magazine, Kelowna is the only city in the Okanagan where crime is falling.

The publication's annual Most Dangerous Places survey shows Kelowna had a seven-point drop in its Crime Severity Index (CSI) over the five-year period from 2012 to 2017.

The report states the severity of violent crime in Kelowna also dropped to 71, below the national average of 75.25.

The publication says the city's assault, sexual assault and robbery files per 100,000 population all dropped over the five-year span, accounting for the overall drop.

The report ranks communities according to the CSI, a Statistics Canada measure of all police-reported crime, which takes into consideration both the volume and seriousness of offences.

Kelowna's drug trafficking and impaired driving numbers also went down. However, the 335.39 per 100,000 impaired driving rate remains nearly twice the national average of 194.31.

Both Penticton and Vernon are also well above the national average in terms of CSI. Penticton is rated the 17th most dangerous place with a CSI of 145. It also had the 19th highest crime severity growth, up 26 points over that five-year span.

While other Penticton crime stats went down, the number of fraud and homicides in the city increased.

Vernon is 24th on the overall list with a CSI of 134, however, it had a growth of only three points. Vernon also saw a dramatic increase in fraud cases, with 705.95 per 100,000 people, well above the national average of 299.05.

West Kelowna (CSI of 67) and Summerland (CSI of 64), are both below the national average, although Summerland did have a five-year growth of 21 points.

Winnipeggers like to talk about the city being the “murder capital” of Canada, but according to a recent study of Canada’s most dangerous places by Maclean’s, we’re not even close.

Winnipeg came in at number 32, out of 237 communities across Canada, for homicides. We ranked number 37 overall for all crime – including sexual assaults, drug trafficking, robbery, firearms offences.

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The city of Thompson is ranked Canada’s second-most dangerous community overall, trailing only North Battleford, Sask., but it holds the dubious honour of ranking first in violent crime severity.

The study says Thompson’s per capita homicide rate is almost 20 times higher than the national average, with results in categories like assault, impaired driving and sexual assault also eclipsing national averages.

Portage la Prairie rounds out the top five in overall crime, with Selkirk ranking twelfth. In fact, all but one of the 25 most dangerous cities, according to the Maclean’s study, are in the prairies or B.C.

Brandon (46th overall for crime), Steinbach (76th) and Winkler (117th) are the other Manitoba communities represented on the list.

The study ranks Canadian communities using Statistics Canada’s Crime Severity Index, which measures all police-reported crime, considering both the volume and seriousness of offences.

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