The Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics has released the Police-reported Crime Statistics in Canada for 2017 for many of Canada’s larger areas.
One of the areas focused on was the Regina Census Metropolitan Area.
According to the report, there was an overall drop in the crime rate, down seven percent since 2016 and 26% since 2017.
One of those areas where the drop was most apparent was in the homicide rate.
“I think we had the unfortunate position of being number one a year ago,” said Regina Police Chief Evan Bray. “We find ourselves in fifth position in Canada. At the end of the day, homicide rates are an important one for us to make sure that we track closely.”
The report also highlighted a two percent increase in drug offenses, but that, said Bray, is attributable to rising drug issue all across Canada.
“We’ve seen a significant increase in drug problems in our city. And as Karen mentioned during her presentation, it has less to do with marijuana and more to do with methamphetamine, which is a big problem in our city.”
In regards to the crime severity index, the report shows an overall decrease of 11% in the Regina area, the second largest fall across Canada. That’s attributable to a decline in robberies and a drop in break and enters.