A report about crime in Canada’s cities came out a while ago and I’ve been meaning to address it. Getting around to it now I hope that some way, some how, this quashes some fears folks have about traveling out of downtown, Vancouver, and dare I say… over the Fraser River.
Earlier this year Canada’s 10 most dangerous cities were revealed. The Province compiled a graphic (yet pixelated) version of the list but for the record, here are the top ten: Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Prince George, Edmonton, New Westminster, Chilliwack, Victoria, Vancouver, Halifax.
The rankings are based on 2006 per capita crime rates, the most recent available from the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics. Maclean’s created a ranking based on aggregate results of six personal and property crimes: murder, sexual assault, aggravated assault (the most serious kind), robbery, breaking and entering, and auto theft. [Macleans]
You’ll find five BC cities listed in the top ten, and Surrey is not included. I wrote a post last year about how it is also no longer the car theft capital of North America and those incidents are down.
The break and enter rates in Chilliwack, B.C., Victoria and Regina, for instance, rank within the top 10 per cent of all American cities. The per capita robbery rates in Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Regina would put them among the top 10 robbery-plagued metropolitan areas of the U.S. And you are far more likely to have your automobile stolen in Winnipeg or Joliette, Que., than anywhere in the U.S., including metropolitan Detroit and Las Vegas, the auto theft capitals of America. [Macleans]
Don’t get me wrong, Surrey has its ongoing issues as well, along with the growing concern about homelessness etc. However, my goal has always been to portray my hometown in a positive light, as it is so often in the shadows.
In a few weeks the Surrey Environmental Extravaganza will be launching 7 weeks of over 60 FREE activities (from tree planting to shorekeeping) for people of all ages, across the city. With upcoming events like this, the Youth Band Jam and Skate, and the summer Farmers’ Market, I hope those around Metro Vancouver will be more receptive to the idea of visiting Surrey.