(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Statistics Canada has released information that shows Thunder Bay had the most murders per capita at 5.8 per 100,000 humans in 2017.
Seven murders were reported in 2017, making Thunder Bay the murder capital of Canada for the second year in a row.
Second place for the Murder Capital of Canada is Abbotsford-Mission, British Columbia with 9 murders, then Edmonton, Alberta in third place at 49 murders.
Thunder Bay’s overall crime rate appears to be going down, when you study the year-to-year pattern.
2017 saw 7,622 reported incidents in Thunder Bay, which was down from 2016’s 7,857. Year-to-year, overall incidents have been dropping since 2013, which had 8,228.
Although the number of incidents has been dropping, the severity of crimes committed seems to be rising, when you take into account the crime severity index, which has jumped up 1%, to sit at 85.7%.
According to the report, incident and the crime severity index is rising across most of the country, with our territories and 6 provinces all showing an up tick in numbers when comparing 2017 to 2016.
Sexual assaults have jumped 13% in 2017, compared to 2016, with more than 24,600 reported incidents.
Violent crimes where a gun was involved have also increased year-to-year, with victims of these crimes rising above 7,700 in numbers.
Marijuana drug offences are in decline, for the 6th year consecutively, meanwhile, opioids, meth, ecstasy, and cocaine have increased.