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How Does Security and Safety on the Lower Mainland Compare to the Rest of CanadaNovember 30th, 2019 | by admin admin | in Security Advice | 0
Last month, we mentioned that Vancouver’s crime rate increased slightly in 2018 from 2017, about 2%, but that the rate is lower than the crime rate in neighbouring Alberta.
And we also talked about how the increase in crime rate could be due to more people reporting crimes rather than actually more crimes being committed. So, the increase may not be statistically significant.
Vancouver has an interesting pattern of crime called the core effect, which is the pattern that tends to be true everywhere. The core effect means that crime tends to occur more in very urban, downtown areas.
The more densely populated an area is, the higher the crime rate. So, downtown areas tend to have the highest crime rates, and then crime decreases as you move away from downtown in all directions. There may be some pockets of higher crime in certain less urbanized areas, but in general, if you look at the big picture, crime rates decrease as you move away from the downtown core.
There is also a correlation between crime rate and poverty. Cities that have a large number of poor people have higher crime rates than cities with a smaller population of poor people.
The national average in Canada is about 5,488 offences per 100,000 people. The average in Vancouver is about 7,400 offences per 100,000 people. You might look at those number and think “Wow,” the crime rate in Vancouver is much higher (like almost 50% higher) than the national average.
However, like we always say, you have to be really careful when studying statistics. Canada has an enormous geographical area, and most of it is very thinly populated. And we just said earlier that crime tends to concentrate in urban cores.
So, it makes sense that comparing urban Vancouver to the whole country would show Vancouver to have a significantly higher crime rate.
If you have a business in Vancouver, and you want to protect your business from crime, then you need some kind of security system. We’re happy to give you a free estimate if you give us a call.
For over 60 years, Vancouver Fire and Radius Security has been protecting families and businesses on the lower mainland in all areas of greater Vancouver. We have a central monitoring office manned 24/7, and we are licensed Honeywell dealers.
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