Surrey ranked 10th in nation for incidence of crime

National poll conducted by Maclean's magazine measured six categories of offenses

Surrey has been determined to be the 10th most dangerous city in the country, according a national magazine poll.

Maclean’s magazine obtained the crime data from Statistics Canada of the 100 largest cities in the country. The publication measured the 2010 rates of crimes per 100,000 people. Offenses measured included homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, vehicle theft, robbery and breaking and entering.

The Maclean’s study ranked Surrey 10th worst out of the 100 measured (an improvement by two points from the previous year).

Outranking this city in crimes measured (in order) were, Prince George, Victoria, Saskatoon, Red Deer, Regina, Grande Prairie, Kelowna, Wood Buffalo and Winnipeg.

Surrey was 58.2 per cent higher in the six categories of than the national average.

This city’s rank in violent crime was sixth and non-violent crime was 13th.

Delta came in 66th highest, with the same rank in violent crime and non-violent was 65th. Delta experienced an 18.2 per cent drop in crimes measured.

Surrey saw a 21.2 per cent drop in those crimes. Most cities examined showed a drop in the crimes studied.

The study also showed Surrey has the third highest car theft rate in the country, with 154 per cent above the national average.

It was edged out by Joliette, Quebec (184 per cent) and Langley Township (177 per cent) for auto theft.

The overall crime score ranking for the 100 communities was created in consultation with StatsCan, using its Crime Severity Index (CSI) score and calculating the percentage difference from the national CSI score. Maclean’s calculated the ratios by dividing population of the area by the raw number of crimes.

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