Crime in downtown Winnipeg took another jump in May, the fifth month in a row police-reported crime has increased in the core area, according to the Winnipeg Police Service’s Crimestat reporting system.
Crime in the downtown area rose 6% in May compared with the same month last year.
It climbed 16% in April and 15% in March. Year-to-date, downtown crime has increased 20% compared with the first five months of 2011.
There were 259 crimes reported on the Crimestat site for the first five months of 2012. That’s up from 215 in 2011.
Downtown’s rising crime rate is bucking the trend this year compared with the rest of the city. Overall, Crimestat is reporting a 4% drop in crime for all of Winnipeg.
The data is presented by the Downtown BIZ on its Downtown Security Network website.
Meanwhile, not all crimes are included in the Crimestat numbers. WPS reports on 10 different types of offences, including robberies, sexual assaults, break and enters and motor vehicle theft.
There is no single offence driving up the downtown crime numbers this year, although non-commercial robberies — where individuals are robbed — is up more than most.
There were 23 non-commercial robberies reported to police in the downtown from January to May, up from 18 the previous year.
Most of the crimes reported to police in the core area occurred in the heart of the downtown, called “South Portage” on the Crimestat page. That’s the area between Portage Avenue and Broadway bordered by Main Street and Memorial Blvd.
This year’s increase comes after an 8% drop in police-reported crime in the downtown in 2011. Crimestat numbers also show a 9% drop in downtown crime from 2009 to 2010.