Winnipeg Crime up 4% in 2019
Winnipeg Police say that violent crime and crimes against property increased last year.
According to the 2019 WPS Annual Statistical Report, violent crimes were up 4% in 2019 compared to the year before, with a total of 10, 878 incidents.
There were 51,483 offences against property, an increase of 47% compared to the five-year average.
Much of this increase is driven by thefts of items under $5000 and Break and Enter offences. Thefts of goods over $5000 and arson crimes were down in 2019.
Other kinds of illegal activity were also down. Drug crime decreased by more than 18% and is down more than 43% compared with the five-year average.
With the generally higher number of crimes being reported to police came an increase in calls for service. Police say they were called 648,247 times in 2019, a 5% increase from 2018.
The report can be viewed in its entirety here.