Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said last year was “particularly bad” in terms of homicides.
For the second year in a row, new data from Statistics Canada ranks Saskatchewan as the province with the highest homicide rate. The province has 70 of the 788 homicides reported nationally in 2021.
Saskatchewan has a rate of 5.9 homicides per 100,000 people, the highest rate in all provinces and more than double the national rate, according to Statistics Canada.
Canada recorded 29 more homicides than in 2020, when Saskatchewan also had the highest homicide rate at 5.09 cases per 100,000 population.
In 2021, Regina had the highest homicide rate among 35 surveyed metropolitan areas. This is 15 homicides for a homicide rate of 5.67 per 100,000 people.
Thunder Bay, Ontario, follows with a rate of 5.63 per 100,000 population, while Winnipeg, Manitoba, finished with 5.39 per 100,000 population.
Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said the past year has been particularly bad. He says homicides are hard to prevent, in part because of deep-rooted social issues, such as substance abuse, mental health and intergenerational trauma.
Even though it's concerning , it's not easy to say we're going to do this or that to reduce or prevent homicides from happening, he said.
It is really the fact that a community comes together to find ways to ensure safety and well-being in order to reduce the impact of social issues on the safety of citizens. Thanks to this work, fortunately, we are reducing victimization and serious crime, he adds.
So far in 2022, Regina has recorded six homicides, including that of & #x27;a 14-year-old boy.
Although the provincial capital ranks first in the homicide rate, Evan Bray points out that the city ranks fifth when considering an index that determines the seriousness of crimes based on conviction rates and sentence length.
He attributes this ranking to an increase in homicides, break and enters and sexual assaults.
The city of Saskatoon ranked sixth on the Crime Severity Index, with a drop in homicides. The city, however, reported an increase in child sex crimes.
Additionally, nationally, police reported 190 Indigenous victims in 2021. Indigenous.
According to a Statistics Canada analysis, police-reported violent crime in Canada increased in 2021 while non-violent crime continued to decline.
< p class="e-p">Analyst for the Canadian Center for Justice and Community Safety Statistics Warren Silver explains that this is the first time since 2006 that such a variation has been observed. The violent crime incident increased by 5% and the non-violent one decreased by 3%, he said.
“A violent crime is determined by the Criminal Court. This can be a robbery or an assault, for example, where there is violence or the threat of violence. Property offenses and drug offenses are not included.
— Warren Silver, analyst for the Canadian Center for Justice and Community Safety Statistics.
Violent crime is up 3% in Saskatchewan. The province has seen increases in mischief, thefts of $5,000 or less, homicides and motor vehicle thefts. However, there has been a decrease in fraud and break and enters.