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Prince George Drops in Crime Severity Ranking

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 @ 1:46 PM

Prince George, B.C.- There is good news when it comes to the crime severity index as it pertains to Prince George.

According to the report by Statistics Canada,   Prince George has slipped once again in the overall rank of crime severity among 303 policed communities that have a population of 10 thousand or more.

Prince George now has a ranking of 22 for overall crime severity,   down from the 18th place rank given last year at this time.   It has also dropped in terms of violent crime ranking, which is now 23, down from 12 a year ago.

Here is how communities in the ‘250’ rank this year with last year’s ranking in brackets:

Community Violent Crime Rank (last year) Overall Crime Severity Rank (last year)
Prince George 23 (12) 22   (18)
Quesnel 9    (4) 9     (6)
Williams Lake 1    (3) 2     (4)
Terrace 17 (8) 19   (10)
Prince Rupert 7   (11) 12   (13)
Ft. St. John 19 (na) 17   (na)
Dawson Creek 28 (9) 20   (16)

A community’s overall ranking is based on analysis of non-violent and violent crime.

Prince George RCMP media Liaison Corporal Craig Douglass says the local detachment’s programs are working “We continue with targeting prolific offenders, and working with our community partners” as he says crime is a community issue and not just a policing problem.

Cpl. Douglass says the situation is Prince George is always changing as the community is the hub for the region which means it attracts those who want to engage in criminal activity.


Well I guess we have to celebrate small improvements, even though PG’s crime severity is extremely high; ranking 18th out 300 Canadian cities. I will start celebrating when PG ranks 150, or better yet 200, out of 300 cities on the crime severity index. We have a long ways to go to get to normal, or average, when it comes to crime severity.

I agree with Sophic Sage.
22 is better than number 1. That said, I do have an issue with the way stats Canada conducts studies like this. They take the population of those only in the city boundaries of PG. In reality, PG’s population is greater than that. Also, this doesn’t take in consideration the fact we are the largest city in hundreds of kms. Just like how we’re a hub for business, there’s going to be a natural draw of illegal industries. Most of our violent crime is targeted, and a result of the drug trade.

Sure pg has a population of approx. 80,000 – but we’re the major urban center for Northern BC (350,000 people).

Still, most of the larger communities in central and northern BC rank near the top of the list. I guess we are still “the wild west”. What the heck is going on in Quesnel and Williams Lake ?

There are also provincial tables on statscan site for crime severity index. For 2014, Yukon went up by 11.13% and BC by 3.4%. All others went down. So we went down while the province went up.

In violent crime PEI went up, Saskatchewan, and Yukon

What place did Abbottsford come in ? Sorry 02, just wondering.

Tat’s OK We really don’t care where we stand but check it out and you can come back with more of your PC crap.

02….PC crap ? Twat do yo men? Yo spek funy lingiuge sins yo movd south.

Typical reaction – stats go down and it’s “look what we did”. Stats go up and it’s “beyond our control.”

What should be explored more by the media is the trend that has communities that have RCMP also having higher crime stats. This is primarily because the national force is contracted so creates more paperwork. The RCMP tend to create a file on every call. For municipal forces, the officers don’t waste time generating a file on the petty stuff and therefore they have less total files/cases. Dam statistics!

It is also worth observing that the fact is crime in Canada continues to drop and is close to an all time low. We are also one of the safest countries on the face of the planet. The media waste no time telling us when there is violent crime and it certainly is disturbing but on a national level crime is down yet cities and municipalities are pumping more and more money into their policing budget.

Go figure.

Maybe it is “fear” that we are trying to fight or in the case of some elected folks, it is advantageous to spread the fear as a means to justify increased expenditures and greater limitations on our personal liberties and privacy.

I agree with your perspective, particularly the last part of your comment.

I have to wonder how PG stacks up against any similar sized city in the U.S. I think that if we took 300 similar per capita stats PG would rank pretty far down on that list.


This is a great site which compares data for cities. Just enter city and state in the address bar.

Bellingham, for instance, is just a bit larger than PG. Its crime rate is below the national average. PG is not below the national average. Far from it.

I understand what you are talking about. To make that comparison one has to go to the actual crimes per capita for both Canadian and US cities which takes time and even then it may not be a 100% fit.


crime rate in Bellingham … murders/100,000 (a standard method of reporting which we do not seem to use)

for 12 year period up to and including 2012 there were
one year with 3 murders/100,000
6 years with 2
3 years with 1
2 years with 0
18 over 12 years = average of 1.5/year.

From the point of view of murders, we might be about the same or worse.

Look up Los Angeles. That is the type of city we all hear about.

251/100,000 in 2013. The lowest is has been over 12 year period. It has dropped every year since 2002 when it was 654/100,000 ….

Small cities in the USA are actually relatively safe, especially compared to PG.

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