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OTTAWA — The severity of violent crime in Manitoba has gone up in the last decade, bucking a national trend that shows a slight decline in these offences across Canada.
According to a new statistical crime tool from Statistics Canada, Manitoba had the highest police-reported violent-crime severity index of the provinces in 2007. The figure provides not only a glimpse of how many violent crimes were committed but also the proportion of those violent crimes that were the most severe offences such as murder or sexual assault.
Manitoba's violent-crime index of 173.6 was almost 80 per cent higher than the police-reported violent-crime severity index for Canada, at 96.5.
Statistics Canada says that is because Manitoba had a higher proportion of serious violent crimes — including robbery and level two and three assaults — than did Canada as a whole.
In addition, the violent-crime severity index in Manitoba went up 12 per cent between 1998 and 2007, while nationally it went down two per cent.
The overall crime-severity index, which includes violent and non-violent offences, in Manitoba was 149.9, second only to Saskatchewan, at 164.7. The Manitoba number was down three per cent since 1998.
Saskatchewan's largest cities split the honours of having the highest crime and violent-crime severity indexes.
Winnipeg was third in both categories.
The police-reported crime-severity index is produced to better reflect the level of crime occurring in various cities and provinces in Canada.
While the general crime rate accounts for all crimes committed, it can be misleading due to the high numbers of minor offences such as minor assaults and mischief, and the lower numbers of more serious offences such as murder and manslaughter.
So in Winnipeg, if the number of mischief charges in a given year went down, the crime rate would probably drop even if the number of murders and sexual assaults went up, which could give a misleading view of crime in the city.