Downtown crime on the rise again

- June 8th, 2012

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.

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2 comments

  1. Butros says:

    Here we are – one full week after this post and not one comment. So…hey, I’ll bite. It is actually very sad that this post gets no comments – it indicates that the substance of the post is not at all controversial and is not at all open to debate and disagreement. In a way, no comments on this post is a reflection of us collectively saying, “Yeah – lots of crime downtown – we knew that”. Not only is crime on the rise, we are resigned to it and even a little apathetic about it. Sad.

  2. Jim says:

    Too much fat in politics provincially, ( come back Mr. Doer!) Sellinger is a poor shadow of what a premier should be. Katz for Winnipeg is a little Dick-tator tot ( oh, did I spell that wrong? Probably not), who has his grubby little hands in everyone’s pockets, and won’t be happy until the once nice place to live Winnipeg is a crime infested, goat path riddled, can’t afford to live here,( even though our taxes, water, facilities are the highest priced in the country!), hellhole. (Thanks Rob, loved you in “The Stand”!) Screw you all Winnipeg, You voted these destroyers of sanity in, and CONTINUE TO TAKE IT DAY AFTER DAY? Fools being fooled. Screw you all, after 12 years of this crap, ( How is your life now Wpg.? 12 years ago was it cheaper? Better? happier? Safer?), We are leaving forever. Bye.

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