With files from Emily Lazatin
The numbers are in, and crime was up across Canada last year for the first time in more than a decade.
The latest report from Stats Canada shows police reported crime is up 3% nationally and has increased in eight of the 13 provinces and territories.
They also list two B.C. cities, Abbotsford and Vancouver among the top 10 crime rates in the country.
But while there’s an uptick for 2015, it comes after after nearly two and a half decades of steady drops.
Abbotsford stands out
Two B.C. regions landed in the top 10 slots for crime rate: Abbotsford at #7, and the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area (which includes all of Metro Vancouver) at #8.
But while Vancouver CMA saw just a 1% uptick, Abbotsford saw a jump of 15%, the third highest in the country.
Rob Gordon, Professor of criminology at SFU breaks it down even further.
“Victoria saw a 10% increase in the crime rate over all. Abbotsford and Mission saw a 15% increase. And Kelowna is also seeing some challenges, the crime rate went up 10%.”
B.C. as a whole saw an increase of 3%, in line with the national average.
Nationally, the biggest jump was just next door, with an 18% spike in Alberta.
Rounding out the top three are New Brunswick up 12%, and the Northwest Territories up 10%.
Violent Crime on the rise
The most dramatic increase in crime, a 22% rise in attempted murders and gun offences reported to police last year compared to 2014.
The crime severity index, which measures the volume of reports and how serious they are, rose five per cent in 2015.
But the agency says that’s still 31% per cent lower than it was a decade ago, and Gordon says it’s not just violent crime that’s climbing.
“Murder jumped up 22%, 5% for robbery, 4% for assault. Property crime has gone up but the whopper is fraud. This probably has something to do with internet activity. I suspect this has a lot to do with credit card fraud.”
The agency also says cannabis and cocaine offenses are down, but offenses related to other drug types were up 14%, on track with a 20 year trend.
Crystal methamphetamine offenses were up a whopping 25%, followed by heroin at 18%.
There were almost 1.9 million Criminal Code incidents reported in 2015, around 70,000 more than in 2014.