The frequency of most crimes in Winnipeg – robberies, assaults, sexual assault with a weapon, drug possession, homicide – dropped last year, according to a new batch of statistics released Wednesday morning by Winnipeg police.
Aggravated assaults are down nearly 20 per cent and homicides dropped from 41 in 2012 to 30 last year.
The long-term trend is even more promising. Compared with a five-year rolling average, last year saw a nearly 70 per cent drop in attempted murders and a 33 per cent drop in aggravated assaults.
Most violent crime continued to occur in the central district or the North End. Calls to 911 for service remained fairly steady throughout the city, except in District One in the city’s core.
Chief of Police Devon Clunis is expected to comment on the statistics later this morning.