Violent crime in Winnipeg reaches highest level in 13 years: report

The number of crimes in Winnipeg increased by more than 25 per cent in 2022, which includes a record number of homicides, a spike in the use of bear spray as a weapon, and an uptick in property crimes.

On Tuesday, the Winnipeg Police Service released its 2022 Statistical Report, which includes a collection of statistics and information related to police and crime in the city.

The report shows total crime increased by 25.6 per cent compared to 2021, and is up 17 per cent compared to the five-year average.

In terms of violent crime, the city saw its highest level since 2009. This includes the record number of 53 homicides and an 11.7 increase from 2021 in crimes committed with a knife. The report also shows that since 2019, the use of bear spray in violent crimes has doubled.

However, the city didn’t only see an uptick in violent crimes. The number of property crimes in Winnipeg increased by 32 per cent compared to 2021 and 20.3 per cent compared to the five-year average. The police report notes that the large year-over-year percentage change is influenced by a historic low in 2021.

Police noted that in 2022, Winnipeggers returned to their normal routines following years of strict pandemic restrictions. However, with this return to normalcy also came a return to higher levels of crime, which had dropped during the pandemic.

Going forward, the police will work to determine how this environment impacted people, crime, and police-related calls for service.

The full report can be found below.

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