OTTAWA – The crime rate in Saskatoon may have decreased in 2013 but it was still one of the highest among Canadian cities according to a report released Wednesday by Statistics Canada.
StatsCan said the overall police-reported crime severity index (CSI) was 99.1, a decrease of 7 per cent from 2012 and down 55 per cent from 2003, the largest decrease among cities over a ten-year period.
Only Regina, at 109.1, had a higher CSI in 2013.
The agency attributes the yearly decrease in Saskatoon to fewer incidents of break and enters, non-violent robberies and theft under $5,000.
One area where there was an increase was vehicle thefts, which rose 4 per cent.
For violent crime, Saskatoon had a CSI of 109.9, third to Winnipeg (119.9) and Thunder Bay (110.9).
Violent robberies, sexual assault and assault with a weapon were the largest contributors to the violent CSI in Saskatoon.
Saskatchewan continued to have the highest CSI among the provinces at 125.7, largely due to break and enters, mischief and theft under $5,000.
That is down 9 per cent from 2012 and a decrease of 37 per cent since 2003.
Saskatchewan continued to have the highest rate of youth crime among the provinces in 2013 with a CSI of 169.9, down 18 per cent from the previous year.
The crime severity index measures both the volume and seriousness of police-reported crime.
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