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Langley City ranked Metro Vancouver's most dangerous city

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Jenni Sheppard Nov 24, 2017 12:00 pm 41,623

Langley City is the most dangerous city in Metro Vancouver – and 6th most dangerous city in Canada – according to a new report by Macleans.

The report ranks communities according to the Crime Severity Index (CSI), a Statistics Canada measure of all police-reported crime.

The stats take into consideration both the volume and seriousness of offences; the 2016 data, the most current available, was released July 24, 2017.

535 assaults per 100,000 people

Macleans found Langley City had only one homicide in 2016, which extrapolates to a homicide rate of 3.59 per 100,000 population.

In terms of reported assault, there were 149 incidents in Langley City in 2016, leading to an assault rate of 535.32 per 100,000 population.

Both these rates were up down from 2015, but were still above the Canadian national average of 1.68 for homicide and 430.68 for assault.

There were 23 sexual assaults reported in 2016 in Langley City, meaning the rate of reported sexual assaults there is 82.63 per 100,000 residents.

Since it is often difficult for sexual assault survivors to come forward, it is not clear whether the rate of sexual assaults in Langley City is higher than elsewhere.

It may be a greater proportion of survivors are coming forward in Langley City than in the rest of Canada. The Canadian average is 56.56 sexual assault reports per 100,000 people.

43 robberies, 377 break and enters

As for theft, there were 43 robberies in Langley City in 2016, meaning there is a robbery rate of 154.49 per 100,000 residents there.

Langley City RCMP also saw 377 break and enters in 2016, leading to a breaking and entering rate of 1,354.46 per 100,000 population.

However, Langley City wasn’t the most dangerous city in BC, according to the report. Williams Lake, between Prince George and Kamloops, took that spot.

Interestingly, Whistler had the most dangerous ranking in BC, if you filter only for impaired driving, with 128 incidents in 2016.

That’s an impaired driving rate of 1,117.71 per 100,000 population.

Overall, the most dangerous city in Canada was named as North Battleford in Saskatchewan, some 400 km northwest of Regina.

Most dangerous cities in BC

Source: Macleans, Metro Vancouver cities and surrounds are bolded

  1. Williams Lake
  2. Langley City
  3. Vernon
  4. Prince George
  5. Terrace
  6. Penticton
  7. Dawson Creek
  8. Chilliwack
  9. Port Alberni
  10. Kamloops
  11. Fort St John
  12. Prince Rupert
  13. Victoria
  14. Surrey
  15. Kelowna
  16. Vancouver
  17. Nanaimo
  18. Mission
  19. North Cowichan
  20. Campbell River
  21. Courtenay
  22. Langley Township
  23. Whistler
  24. Maple Ridge
  25. Abbotsford
  26. Parksville
  27. Nelson
  28. White Rock
  29. North Vancouver City
  30. Squamish
  31. New Westminster
  32. Burnaby
  33. Richmond
  34. Port Coquitlam
  35. Cranbrook
  36. Coquitlam
  37. Pitt Meadows
  38. Powell River
  39. Lake Country
  40. Summerland
  41. West Kelowna
  42. Langford
  43. Delta
  44. West Vancouver
  45. Salmon Arm
  46. View Royal
  47. North Vancouver District
  48. Coldstream
  49. Port Moody
  50. Saanich
  51. Sidney
  52. Central Saanich
  53. Colwood
  54. Oak Bay
  55. Comox
  56. North Saanich

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Jenni Sheppard
Senior Staff Writer at Daily Hive. Happy Vancouverite. Traveller, snowboarder, foodie, film fan, feminist, geek, cheesemaker, curler. Have a story to tell? Email [email protected]

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