Vanderhoof crime statistics for 2018

Assaults in the District high, but overall incidents lower than last year

Statistics Canada released their incident-based crime statistics for 2018 earlier this month. This database gives detailed violations that the RCMP in British Columbia have responded to last year with comparisons available from previous years.

In terms of total violations compared to previous years, the actual incidents in 2018 are lower than the past 4 years. Last year, the total violations were 923, whereas in 2017 it was at 979. And in 2016 there were 1239 actual incidents. A total of 250 people were charged last year.

Below is some data of crimes in Vanderhoof and the number of people charged in comparison to last year. To read the full report, visit the Statistics Canada website.

In 2018, there were three actual incidents of aggravated assault and there were three people charged. In 2017, there was one case of aggravated assault.

In terms of level 2 assault which includes weapon or bodily harm, there were 16 cases in 2018 and there were 9 people charged. In 2017, there were 23 incidents of level 2 assault.

At level 1 assault which includes pushing, slapping, punching, and face-to-face verbal threats, there were 90 incidents in 2018 and 78 in 2017. A total of 58 people were charged under the criminal code.

Meanwhile, total sexual violations against children was at one for 2018 and three for 2017. There was one person charged in 2018 for the same.

Sexual Assault, level 1, which is defined as, “an assault committed in circumstances of a sexual nature such that the sexual integrity of the victim is violated. Level 1 involves minor physical injuries or no injuries to the victim,” on the website for the Department of Justice.

In Vanderhoof, there were 12 cases of level 1 sexual assault and 9 cases in 2017. A total of 5 people were charged for the crime.

Assault against a peace officer was at 6 in 2018 and 6 in 2017. There were 2 people charged last year for the crime.

A total of 21 incidents were reported under theft of motor vehicles and there was no one charged for the crime. In 2017 there were 26 such incidents.

There were a total of 41 breaking and entering incidents, with 8 people charged for the crime.

Under Fraud there were 22 cases in 2018 and 12 in 2017. There were two people charged for the crime last year.

Total robbery incidents were at 2 and there was one person charged for the crime.

Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

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