Guelph sees a drop in crime severity index: StatsCan – Guelph

Guelph is arguably one of the safest cities in Canada.

Data from Statistics Canada showed that the Crime Severity Index in Guelph fell by 58.2 in 2021, down eight percent from 2020.

That places Guelph as the 12th lowest of Canada’s 35 metropolitan areas on the census.

Guelph Police Chief Gord Cobey said in a press release: “While we are certainly pleased with these improvements, we must continue to make proactive investments to support these improvements, support the well-being of our members and ensure that our community is safe, healthy and future-proof. ready.”

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Deputy Chief Darryl Goetz echoed the Chief’s sentiments.

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“It’s a nice acknowledgment that we were second best (after Calgary) in terms of improvement,” said Goetz. But that doesn’t mean we’re resting on our laurels. We will continue to reduce that number even further.”

The Calgary index fell 9 percent to 72.3 in 2021.

Statistics Canada notes that Guelph’s decline in the index was due to a decline in homicides, fraud, theft of $5,000 or less, and robbery, and was partially offset by an increase in shoplifting of $5,000 or less. .

Goetz said they were also able to lower that index thanks to additional funds.

“We’ve added a number of agents in recent years to deal with crime on our streets,” Goetz said. “It allows the detectives and frontline officers to deploy a little more and allows us to be more proactive in terms of those who commit crimes in our communities.”

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Nearby communities ranked in the index include:

  • Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge with a 79.4, up 6 percent from 2020
  • Brantford fell 7 percent from 2020 to 75.7
  • London saw a 7 percent increase to 80.1
  • Hamilton rises 2 percent to 56.9

Guelph also saw a drop in violent crime severity in 2021, down 22 percent from 2020.

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“It’s not just the unified presence on the street, there’s a lot of work behind the scenes, from our IT to the communications staff,” says Goetz. “It’s a joint effort by everyone, and they all have the same goal to make the city of Guelph safer.”

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