Only Kelowna, British Columbia, and Lethbridge, Alberta had higher crime rates in 2021 than Moncton.
A new report from Statistics Canada reveals that Moncton holds the third police-reported crime rate in Canada in 2021.
Among metropolitan cities, only Kelowna, British Columbia, and Lethbridge, Alberta had higher crime rates in 2021, according to the report published on August 2.
2021 police-reported crime rate statistics for major cities in Canada per 100,000 population.
The traditional crime rate has been used to measure police-reported crime in Canada and is expressed as a rate per 100,000 people. The crime rate is calculated by adding all Criminal Code incidents reported by police and dividing by the number of people.
In Moncton, the rate jumped 7% , dropping from 8,588 per 100,000 people in 2020 to 9,168 in 2021.
Moncton also ranks fourth in the Crime Severity Index, or CSI, which has increased by 9%.
Statistic of the Crime Severity Index in major cities in Canada per 100,000 inhabitants in 2021.
Warren Silver, a Statistics Canada analyst, said the increase in the CSI was due to more frequently reported serious crimes.
“So basically we're saying crime is 9% worse in 2021 than it was in 2020. And what's driving that up is the increase in break and enters, as well as sexual assaults Level 1.”
—Warren Silver, Statistics Canada Analyst
Sexual assault is classified according to severity levels by Statistics Canada. Level 1 is the least serious, including any violation of the sexual integrity of the victim. Level 2 sexual assault includes a weapon, bodily harm, or threat with a weapon. Level 3 is also known as aggravated sexual assault, which involves sexual assault that injures, maims, disfigures, or endangers the life of the victim.
The Numbers only include police-reported crime and the report mentions that any increase in 2021 may be due to a decrease in reported crime in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Provincially, New Brunswick has the eighth highest rate of highest crime among the 14 provinces and territories.
Moncton city councilors held a special meeting in June to discuss a public safety plan, which included 22 recommendations with no timelines or costs.
These include clearing tents of homeless residents within 72 hours and additional spending to increase the number of RCMP officers in the area .
According to the report, the crime rate in Saint John decreased by approximately 4% in 2021 compared to the previous year. In 2020, Saint John had the third highest crime rate, but in 2021 it ranked 28th on the list of all Canadian metropolitan cities.
At the Provincially, New Brunswick has the eighth highest crime rate among the 14 provinces and territories, and it has increased by 8% over the previous year, placing it above the national average . The Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon had the highest crime rates among the provinces and territories.
The severity of violent crime in New Brunswick increased by 7% over last year, while the youth crime rate decreased by 5%.
The overall crime rate in Canada increased by 1 percentage point. This increase is mainly due to an 18% increase in the level 1 sexual assault rate, which accounted for 98% of police-reported sexual assaults in 2021.
Canada's overall crime rate has increased by 1 percentage point.
The rate of sexual assault in Canada in 2021 is the highest since 1996.
Reported hate crimes also increased by 36% compared to 2020 in Canada. In total, the number of hate crimes reported by police increased by 72% from 2019 to 2021.
Nationally, rates of break and enter, theft under $5,000 and robbery continued to decline.
Opioid-related offenses were the only specific drug-related offense type to increase over the past two years in Canada. All opioid offenses increased by 13% over the previous year. These offenses include possession, trafficking, production, and importing or exporting.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has declared that the COVID-19 pandemic 19 compounds the current public health crisis related to opioid overdose deaths and hospitalizations. In the first year of the pandemic, there were 7,362 opioid-related deaths, a 96% increase from the previous year, according to the Agency.
Based on a report by CBC's Prapti Bamanija