BC crime statistics

A graph of crime statistics by health authority

The chart above shows the rate of violent offenses, property crime and non-cannabis drug offenses per 1,000 population organized by health authority. The data is from the 2008-2010 average provincial police data. It is important to note that police data is often biased by current police enforcement priorities but nonetheless can be a useful indicator when the information is taken alongside other datasets such as hospitalization and death data and drug analysis data.

To understand regional variations in violent crime offenses, property crime and non-cannabis related offenses, see the health service delivery area maps below.

Note: This data comes from the BC crime statistics component of the BC alcohol and other drug monitoring project, which seeks to map out crimes involving alcohol and other drugs across different regions of BC as well as to monitor trends over time. Data were accessed from the BC Stats socio-economic profiles by HSDA for 2008-10. The AOD Monitoring Project collects and organizes multiple streams of data related to risky substance use and associated harms in BC.

A map of drug-related crimes by BC Health Service Delivery Area

This map shows average rates of non-cannabis related drug offences, which primarily involved trafficking and  impaired driving, by BC Health Service Delivery Area for 2008-2010 per 1,000 population (all ages). The province has an overall rate of 1.9 per 1,000 population for non-cannabis drug offences, with a range of 1.0 in Fraser North and 3.5 in Northeast. Similar to rates of property crime, northern BC and the lower mainland showed the highest rate for non-cannabis drug offences in BC.

Data source: BC STATS Socio-Economic Profiles by HSDA for 2008-10

A map of violent crimes by BC health service delivery area

This map shows the average rate of violent offences by BC Health Service Delivery Area per 1,000 population (all ages). Violent offenses are commonly alcohol related. The province has an overall rate of 3.3 offenses per 1,000 population. The range between the health service delivery areas was 1.6 per 1,000 offenses in Kootenay Boundary, and 5.1 in Norther Interior.

Violent crime offenses dropped 5.1% per 1,000 population between 2005-2007.

Data source: BC STATS Socio-Economic Profiles by HSDA for 2008-10

A map of property crimes by BC health service delivery area

This map shows average rates of serious property crime offences by BC Health Service Delivery Areas per 1,000 population (all ages). Property crime is often related to illicit drug use and many of these types of crimes are committed to obtain money to purchase drugs. The overall rates of serious property crimes are fairly consistent throughout the province with a range of 5.2 in Kootenay Boundary to 9.8 in Fraser East per 1,000 population. The overall rate for the province was 7.8 reported property crimes per 1,000 population. Higher rates of property crime were seen in the Northern areas of the provinces and the Lower Mainland.

Data source: BC STATS Socio-Economic Profiles by HSDA for 2008-10