CJOB News Team reporting
Winnipeg Police Chief Keith McCaskill predicted correctly yesterday - Winnipeg was still at the top of the Violent Crime Severity Index in 2011, according to Statistics Canada.
And although the Winnipeg Police reported an 8 per cent drop in violent crime, the city's violent crime severity index increased by six per cent - that's because crimes are weighted based on their seriousness, and as a result, more serious offences like homicides have a greater impact on the index.
Winnipeg reported the highest homicide rate with 41, followed by Halifax and Edmonton. Manitoba had the highest homicide rate of all provinces for the fifth straight year.
Manitoba was fourth on the total crime severity index, behind Regina, Saskatoon and Thunder Bay. Manitoba's overall crime rate actually dropped by 7 per cent.
Canada-wide, about 110-thousand fewer Criminal Code incidents were reported in 2011 compared to 2010.
However, more homicides, sexual offenses against children, and impaired drivers were reported.