The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In British Columbia

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Canada is the second largest country in the world according to land mass, and is considered to be a safe country. It’s ranked number 6 on a list of 162 countries as safest in the world.

Maclean’s has compiled a list of the most dangerous places in Canada in 2018, using information from Statistics Canada, and you’ll be surprised at some of the ones that rank over others.

The Crime Severity Index is a system Statistics Canada uses to measure all police-reported crime. It measures both the seriousness and volume of each offence.

Here are the top ten in all of British Columbia, how does your city rank?

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Williams Lake

Williams Lake lies between Kamloops and Prince George, with a population of 10,657. It ranks 4/229 on the Crime Severity Index in all of Canada, with their crime rate having gone up by 222 in the last year.

The assault rate for every 100,000 people is at 1351.22 compared to the Canadian average, which is at 430.68.

Langley City

Langley City, located in the Fraser Valley, has a population of 27,834. It ranks 6/229 on the Crime Severity Index in all of Canada, compared to the average of 70.96 of Canada, with their crime rate having gone up by 195 in the last year.

The breaking and entering rate for every 100,000 people is 1354.46 compared to the Canadian average which is at 438.51.

Vernon

Vernon, also in Interior BC, has a population of 39,690. It ranks 9/229 on the Crime Severity Index in all of Canada, compared to the average of 70.96 in all of Canada, having gone up by 157 in the last year.

The highest crime rate is for breaking and entering, which for every 100,000 people is 1234.57 compared to the Canadian average which is at 438.51.

Prince George 

Prince George is located in Northern BC. It has a population of 73,728, and is ranked 11/229 on the Crime Severity Index in all of Canada, compared to the average of 70.96 in all of Canada, having gone up by 154 in the last year.

Their highest crime rates lie in breaking & entering, with an average of 888.4 per 100,000 people, compared to Canada’s average of of 438.51.

Terrace

Terrace, located in Northern BC, is known as the regional business area. It’s got a population of 11,500, and is ranked 15/229 on the Crime Severity Index in all of Canada, compared to the average of 70.96 in all of Canada, having gone up by 147 in the last year.

The highest crime rate is for assault, for over 100,000 people is at 1478.26, compared to Canada’s average of 430.68.

Penticton

Pentiction, located in the BC Interior, has a population of 32,436. It’s ranked 16/229 on the Crime Severity Index in all of Canada, compared to the average of 70.96 in all of Canada, having gone up by 146 in the last year.

The highest crime rate is for breaking and entering, with 1091.38 per 100,000 people, compared to Canada’s average of 438.51.

Dawson Creek

Dawson Creek is located in Northern British Columbia. It has a population of 12,384, and is ranked 17/229 on the Crime Severity Index in all of Canada, compared to the average of 70.96 in all of Canada, having gone down by 146 in the last year.

The highest crime rate is the impaired driving rate, being 912.47 per 100,000 people, compared the national average of 194.31.

Chilliwack

Chilliwack is one of the districts of the Fraser Valley, and has a population of 88,848. It’s ranked 18/229 on the Crime Severity Index in all of Canada, compared to the average of 70.96 in all of Canada, having gone up by 146 in the last year.

The highest crime rate is for breaking and entering, being 957.82 per 100,000 people, compared the national average of 438.51.

Port Alberni

Port Alberni, a city on Vancouver Island, is considered to be “the most criminal community on Vancouver Island,” according to Chek.

It has a population of 17,943, and is ranked 19/229 on the Crime Severity Index in all of Canada. In comparison, the national average is 70.96 in all of Canada, having gone up by 137 in the last year.

The highest crime rate is for assault, at a rate of 897.29 per 100,000 people, compared to the national average of 430.68.

Kamloops

Kamloops is located in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, and is the tournament capital of Canada.

It has a population of 88,898, and is ranked 23/229 on the Crime Severity Index in all of Canada. In comparison, the average of 70.96 in all of Canada, having gone up by 128 in the last year.

The highest crime rate is for assault, at a rate of 538.82 per 100,000 people; the national average of 430.68.

Fort St John

Fort St. John is also located in Northern BC, and has a population of 20,200. It’s ranked 27/229 on the Crime Severity Index in all of Canada, compared to the average of 70.96 in all of Canada, having gone down by 122 in the last year.

The highest crime rate is for assault, at a rate of 1069.31 per 100,000 people. Canada’s national average is 430.68.

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