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Crime rates in Winnipeg communities

"The numbers are not good."

That's what Winnipeg Police Service Chief Danny Smyth had to say when his force released its annual report this week, blaming a crime spike in the city on crystal meth.

"The volume of violent crime went up in virtually every area of the city," Smyth said, and crime rates are higher this year than the five-year average in many areas.

But a few communities saw a decreased crime rate from 2016. As well, violent crime rates were below five-year averages in several areas: River Heights, Transcona, St. Boniface and Fort Garry, according to an analysis by the Free Press.

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"The numbers are not good."

That's what Winnipeg Police Service Chief Danny Smyth had to say when his force released its annual report this week, blaming a crime spike in the city on crystal meth.

"The volume of violent crime went up in virtually every area of the city," Smyth said, and crime rates are higher this year than the five-year average in many areas.

But a few communities saw a decreased crime rate from 2016. As well, violent crime rates were below five-year averages in several areas: River Heights, Transcona, St. Boniface and Fort Garry, according to an analysis by the Free Press

The police report breaks down the number of actual calls for service in Winnipeg's neighbourhoods. However, it did not report crime per capita, which would make it easier to compare crime rates in each area.

The Free Press determined population sizes by combining 2016 Census dissemination areas from Statistics Canada for each neighbourhood in order to get the most accurate population count possible to calculate crime rate per 100,000 people.

The Fort Garry neighbourhood -- the area with the highest population and which saw the highest population increase over the last few years -- saw a lower-than-average violent crime rate.

On the other end of the spectrum, River East saw the largest decrease in population from 2011 and saw crime rise.

Where does your neighbourhood stand?

Total crime rate change between 2016 and 2017

Crime rates in areas outside Winnipeg's core, including St. Vital and Inkster, saw a big crime rate jump from 2016, much higher than in the downtown area.

Seven Oaks -1%

Inkster 11.4%

Pt.

Douglas

9.3%

River East

4%

St. James Assinoboia 10.5%

Transcona -5.6%

Downtown

6.5%

St. Boniface

2.1%

River Heights

1.3%

Assiniboine South -10.8%

Fort Garry:

-14.3%

St. Vital 13.8%

Point

Douglas 9.3%

Seven Oaks -1%

Downtown

6.5%

Inkster

11.4%

River East

4%

Transcona -5.6%

St. James Assinoboia 10.5%

St. Boniface

-       2.1%

River Heights

1.3%

Assiniboine South -10.8%

Fort Garry

-14.3%

St. Vital 13.8%

 

Total crime

All but one neighbourhood saw higher than average total crime rate in 2017.

Violent crime

Incidents of violent crime, including assaults, robberies, uttering threats and homicide are up, but rates have decreased in several areas.

Property crime

Property crime rates are up across the city except for Assiniboine South.

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