Update – crime stats

Update – ODN checked with Stats Canada

If it is a rural detachment – there is not distinction between a rural area or a town of less than 5000 persons
In the case of both Osoyoos and Oliver – the stats are Town/Rural and not broken out

To add some fuel to story for the stats watchers

Crime Severity Index – overall


2014 132.30
2016 102.39
2018 151.16


2014 110.80
2016 089.70
2018 145.46

Non violent CSI


2014 158.46
2016 115.88
2018 187.65


2014 119.89
2016 106.64
2018 134.01

I think we can agree – crime is on the rise. But watch your comparisons. The dynamics of Osoyoos and Oliver completely different in many ways.

Lock up your valuables and crime stats will fall. Drug related murders are confined to the those involved. We all should be concerned but NOT live in fear.


District of Oliver (rural and town) saw their crime severity numbers skyrocket due to a pair of homicides.

The CSI is the primary metric used by Maclean’s magazine for its controversial annual “most dangerous” communities of Canada rankings. The national crime severity index came in at 75, while B.C. was 87.7.

Data on the Okanagan’s communities is below, with general CSI scores and violent CSI (VCSI) scores and year-over-year increases.

  • Penticton CSI: 145.75 (+ 1.15 per cent) VCSI: 70.22 (-20.3 per cent)
  • Vernon CSI: 131.66 (+ 2.8 per cent) VCSI: 105.35 (-8.59 per cent)
  • Kelowna CSI: 118.77 (+ 9.6 per cent) VCSI: 51.8 (-25.4 per cent)
  • Lake Country CSI: 60.48 (+ 31.22 per cent) VCSI: 44.13 (+81.1 per cent)
  • Osoyoos (rural) CSI: 151.11 (-2.6 per cent) VCSI: 48.7(+5.1 per cent)
  • Oliver (rural) CSI: 145.96 (+3 5 per cent) VCSI: 176.35 (+189.2 per cent)

* Interesting to note that Osoyoos CSI was higher than Oliver

The severity of violent crime fell in most of the Okanagan last year, while overall crime inched upwards, according to new data from Stats Canada.

The Crime Severity Index is published annually for every police detachment in Canada, calculating a number based on crime per capita while adding more weight to serious and violent crimes.

The CSI’s benchmark is 100, which is based on the national crime severity index in 2006. A figure above 100 indicates crime severity has grown since 2006, while a sub-100 CSI corresponds to a shrink in crime.

In the 2018 data released last week

Kelowna’s CSI up 9.55 per cent to 118.77. Violent crime fell more than 25 per cent to 51.80.

Penticton, CSI up 1.15 per cent to 145.75. Violent crime index also fell there 20.32 per cent to 70.22.

Vernon’s CSI up 2.87 per cent to 131.66. Violent crime fell 8.59 per cent to 105.35.

Graphic source: Dreamstime
Files edited – Castanet

Further sources Stats Canada

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2 Responses to Update – crime stats

  1. Daphne Streeter says:

    Locking up your things is now needed. BUT locked doors are no problem for criminals. Our shop was locked when we were burgled in January. They broke the lock and the door before taking off with a LOT of our stuff.

  2. Pat Hampson says:

    CSI, Primary metric; this is just another way of stating the obvious; the Courts routinely release people who should be incarcerated for their crimes; there is no space in correctional institutions; we don’t have enough police officers available to deter crime. Ho Hum!
    The bottom line is simple, if you are a victim you don’t care about CSIs all you want is protection or deterrence.

    Publisher: To be fair statistics can be useful but often used inaccurately. Radio BBM’s – how many listeners – top score rock XXXX – all kids with no money – Radio stations want facts and
    figures on years 29 to 59 – the middle class group of people with disposable CASH. On crime stats of all kinds – I think comparisons are often off the mark. The only statistic that has merit is
    one that is long term: value of real estate increasing in 50 years, stocks the same, the value of $1 – wait for the day when they get rid of the loonie and only use toonies and the new five buck coin. I digress. Crime stats – fodder for the newspapers.

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