City drops in Maclean’s most dan­ger­ous rank­ing

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Prince Ge­orge has been ranked 21st in Maclean’s annual rank­ing of the most dan­ger­ous places in Canada.

That’s down from ninth last year and due largely to a change in how the mag­a­zine reaches its con­clu­sions.

“Ev­ery year, Maclean’s combs through crime sta­tis­tics to rank the most dan­ger­ous places in the coun­try. This year, we added a new mea­sure we think is equally im­por­tant – whether crime is get­ting bet­ter or worse in a com­mu­nity and how quickly,” wrote Claire Brownell in a story posted Mon­day on the mag­a­zine’s web­site.

“We looked at 237 ur­ban cen­tres across the coun­try, cal­cu­lat­ing the dif­fer­ence be­tween their most re­cent crime sever­ity in­dexes – a mea­sure used by Sta­tis­tics Canada that ac­counts for the se­ri­ous­ness of crimes as well as their num­ber – and their crime sever­ity in­dexes five years ago.”

Sta­tis­tics Canada ac­tu­ally ranked Prince Ge­orge 11th in crime sever­ity for 2017 with a score of 174.68. But since 2012, the num­ber rose 23.86 points.

By com­par­i­son, Pem­broke, Ont. saw its CSI rise by 33.59, good enough for 11th spot in the Ma­cleans rank­ing, even though the to­tal stood at 91.17 for 2017.

The CSI for No. 1-ranked We­taski­win rose 100.63 points to 257.54.

The new method fol­lows on a tweak made last year, when the mag­a­zine de­cided to in­clude towns with pop­u­la­tions as low as 10,000 for the first time.

In the past, the rank­ings had in­cluded only the 100 big­gest cities in Canada.

The full rank­ings can be found at www.ma­cleans.ca/canadas-most-dan­ger­ous-places-2019/.

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