Severity of crime increases slightly in Agassiz-Harrison: Statistics Canada

According to the latest data released by Statistics Canada, the severity of crime has increased in Agassiz-Harrison.

The Crime Severity Index (CSI) is based on police-reported crime in British Columbia jurisdictions. It encompasses all Criminal Code violations, including traffic violations, and each violation is weighted according to its seriousness.

Data shows Agassiz-Harrison’s CSI increased by 8.5% from 2020 to 2021. The 2021 score is 215.54, up from 198.52. For comparison, the CSI of Hope – a similarly populated area – is 191.02, seeing a steep drop of 18.15% from 2020.

Agassiz-Harrison’s CSI rate is significantly higher than the provincial average of 92.86. However, since less data can be collected from smaller communities, it may be difficult to compare them to larger population centers such as, for example, Vancouver.

While the local violent crime index increased significantly by 37%, from 266.76 to 366.94, the non-violent crime index decreased slightly, from 173.51 to 160.57 (a down 7.4%).

Statistics Canada calculates a “weighted clearance rate” for police, giving a higher weight to solved homicides and break and enters over less serious crimes like mischief or public disorder. Agassiz-Harrison remained about the same from 2020 to 2021, dropping slightly from 20.92 to 19.80.

With files by Eric Welsh

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