Prince George Climbs Up in Crime Severity Index
Prince George, B.C.- Statistics Canada has released its crime severity index and Prince George has moved up in the rankings when it comes to crime.
Following two consecutive years of improvement in the rankings, the latest Stats Can numbers (based on 2015 reported crime) peg Prince George as number 20 in the country when it comes to violent crime . That’s up from the number 23 position noted a year ago.
The overall Crime Severity Index rank for Prince George also rose, to sit at 20, up two points from its ranking in July of last year.
The ranking is based on police reported crime from 305 communities in Canada with a population of 10 thousand or more.
Nationally, police-reported crime in Canada, as measured by both the crime rate and the Crime Severity Index ( which measures the volume and severity of police reported crime in the county) increased for the first time since 2003. The national CSI increased 5% from 66.7 in 2014 to 69.7 in 2015.
Stats Can says the national increase was the result of increases in fraud, breaking and entering, robbery, and homicide. Across the country, there were almost 1.9 million police-reported Criminal Code incidents (excluding traffic) reported by police in 2015, approximately 70,000 more than in 2014.
Here is how some other ‘250’ communities fared in the ranking, with last year’s ranking in brackets:
Crime Rank (last year)
Crime Severity Rank (last year)
|Prince George||20 (23)||20 (22)|
|Williams Lake||7 (1)||4 (2)|
|Terrace||18 (17)||23 (19)|
|Prince Rupert||8 (7)||17 (12|
|Fort St. John||4 (19)||13 (17)|
|Dawson Creek||11 (28)||10 (20)|
Note: Quesnel stats were not available.
A community’s overall ranking is based on analysis of non-violent and violent crime.