Calgary’s crime rate declined in frequency and severity in 2016, according to a new data report from Statistics Canada.
Calgary’s Crime Severity Index (CSI) in 2016 was 74.6– a 6 point decline from 2015.
The CSI measures both the volume and seriousness of police-reported crime in Canada.
The report indicates that Calgary’s decline was primarily due to decreases in breaking and entering and robbery.
In comparison, Edmonton’s CSI ratio was 105.7 for 2016, an increase of three points from 2015.
According to Statistics Canada, Edmonton’s increase on the CSI scale due to a rise in theft and crime related offences.
The average CSI in Canada was 71 for 2016.
Despite Calgary’s decline in CSI, the data shows that Calgary’s motor vehicle theft rate has not gone down. The city accounted for most of the increase in motor vehicle theft reported in Alberta in 2015.