Despite declines in a number of key statistical categories, the Tournament Capital’s crime ranking remains in the top 30 nationally, while its crime severity index also rose last year, according to Maclean’s magazine’s annual community safety rankings.
Kamloops placed 28th on the magazine’s ranking of 237 communities in Canada, based on Statistics Canada’s crime statistics from 2017.
North Battleford, Sask., topped the list as the country’s most dangerous city, according to Maclean’s, followed by Thompson, Man., and Wetaskiwin, Alta.
In seventh place nationally, Williams Lake is the highest-ranked B.C. city, followed by Quesnel in eighth, Langley in ninth and Prince George in 10th.
Other Interior cities vary in their placement in the national rankings. Penticton is 17th, Vernon is 24th, Kelowna is 29th, West Kelowna is 111th, Summerland is 123rd and Salmon Arm is 178th.
The safest community in Canada, according to the data? Rothesay and Quispamsis, N.B.
Maclean’s rankings are based on 2017 data provided by Statistics Canada.
The website housing the data — tinyurl.com/yb5lv6kt — can be sorted by various categories, including all crime, violent crime, homicide, sexual assault, assault, firearms offences robbery, burglary, fraud, impaired driving, various drug trafficking and youth crime. Kamloops ranks 43rd in homicides, 58th in sexual assaults, 38th in firearms offences, 75th in assaults, 38th in firearm offences, 56th in robberies, 81st in burglaries, 33rd in fraud, 80th in impaired driving, 72nd in cannabis trafficking, 172nd in cocaine trafficking, 57th in other drug trafficking and 43rd in youth crime.
There is also a tab that sorts communities by their five-year changes in the crime severity index — a metric taking into account police-reported crime, considering volume and seriousness.
According to that data, Kamloops’ index has risen over the past half-decade, with the city placing 27th nationally in that five-year statistical category.
The homicide rate in Kamloops is down over the past five years, as is that of assaults, robberies, impaired driving, cannabis offences, cocaine offences and youth offences.
Rates of sexual assault, firearms offences, fraud and miscellaneous drug offences are up in Kamloops over the past five years, according to the magazine.
Kamloops is above the national average in rates of homicide, assault, sexual assault, firearms offences, breaking and entering, fraud, impaired driving, miscellaneous drug offences and youth offences, and below the national average in rates of robbery, cannabis offences and cocaine offences.
The community with the biggest positive five-year swing in the crime severity index is a a place called Temiskaming Shores in northeastern Ontario.