Sooke ranked 112th among Canada’s most dangerous cities

Port Alberni gets dubious honour of Island’s most dangerous place

Sooke is the 112th most dangerous city in Canada, according to a Maclean’s magazine’s 229 most dangerous cities in Canada article on crime.

The latest issue of the magazine looks at six crimes – homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, robbery, break and enter and auto theft — in compiling the figures.

Other Island cities are included in the article, with Port Alberni ranked as the most dangerous place on Vancouver Island.

Saskatchewan’s North Battleford is called the most dangerous city, followed by Thompson, Man. and Prince Albert, Sask.

Kennebecasis Region, N.B., is considered Canada’s safest city. It’s followed by two Ontario communities – Northumberland (Hamilton), and Peterborough County (Selwyn).

The report rates cities based on the Crime Severity Index, a Statistics Canada measure of police-reported crime that considers both volume and the severity of the crime.

Sooke has a CSI score of 64 with the national mark at 70.96. The district has a population of 12,211, which for the survey was recast for a population of 100,000.

Sooke reported no homicides last year, the Canadian average was 1.68. Other crimes in Sooke below the Canadian average were assault, sexual assaults, robbery, breaking and entering, impaired driving and some drug offences. Fraud was the only offence above the Canadian average.

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