Winnipeg Crime up 4% in 2019

 In NCI News

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.

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