Ryan Price, CFAX Radio News: ‘Victoria region had 5 homicides in 2010, up from 3 the year before. That puts Victoria’s homicide rate at 1.4 per 100-thousand people. 1.4 puts us even with Toronto + Ottawa.’

Victoria’s homicide rate up – but BC and Canada see fewer murders in 2010

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imagesOct 26, 2011

The homicide rate in Canada is down but the Victoria metropolitan area saw a slight up-tick.

 

Statistics Canada data released Wednesday shows the Victoria region had 5 homicides in 2010, up from 3 the year before. That puts Victoria’s homicide rate at 1.4 per 100-thousand people. 1.4 puts us even with Toronto and Ottawa.

 

Country wide, in 2010 police reported 554 homicides, 56 fewer than the year before.

The overall drop was driven largely by fewer murders in the west. British Columbia saw 35 fewer homicides in 2010 compared to 2009, the lowest level since the mid 60’s.

Gun related homicides and gang related murders in Canada also both declined.

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In case you were wondering:

The metropolitan area with the highest murder rate per 100-thousand people? Thunder Bay Ontario.

The metropolitan area with the lowest murder rate per 100-thousand people? Saugenay, Trois Rivieres, Windsor and Guelph all had zero homicides in 2010.

-Ryan Price

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