Chilliwack RCMP examine shell casings on Reece Avenue after a shooting incident in 2018. (Paul Henderson/ Progress file)

Chilliwack RCMP examine shell casings on Reece Avenue after a shooting incident in 2018. (Paul Henderson/ Progress file)

Chilliwack crime rate among the highest, stats show

Chilliwack’s crime rate is up 3.73 per cent over 2017

Chilliwack’s crime rate remains among the highest in the region, considerably higher than nearby Abbotsford or Surrey, according to Statistics Canada data released recently.

At a rate of 12,287 incidents per 100,000 population in Chilliwack in 2018, that compares to a crime rate of 7,000 in Abbotsford and 8,196 in Surrey.

B.C.-wide the 2018 crime rate was 8,210.

And while Chilliwack’s crime rate is substantially higher than Abbotsford’s, there were even more actual incidents of crime despite Abbotsford being 50 per cent larger in population. There are approximately 84,000 people in the City of Chilliwack and 141,000 in Abbotsford. There were 11,751 incidents of crime in Chilliwack in 2018, compared to 10,771 in Abbotsford.

Chilliwack’s crime rate is up 3.73 per cent over 2017, which itself was down 6.8 per cent from the peak crime year in recent memory of 2016.

As for the crime severity index (CSI), in B.C. it was 87.67 in 2018 up slightly from 87.27 in 2017. Chilliwack’s CSI was 122.99 up 6.57 per cent from 115.41, but down from 134.03 in 2016.

The violent crime severity index, however, dropped 1.59 per cent in B.C. to 73.42 but in Chilliwack spiked up 25.38 per cent to 106.05 in 2018

• READ MORE: Chilliwack crime rate dropping, still among highest in Lower Mainland

A year prior the story was that crime rates had been on the decline for many years, but Chiliwack’s was not shrinking as fast as elsewhere.

As for specific crimes in Chilliwack in 2018, there were three homicides, that of Cody Isaacson, Zach Cross and Stanny Carr. (No one has been arrested in connection with any of those killings.) There were four in 2017 and five in 2016.

• READ MORE: IHIT investigating fatal shooting in Chilliwack

• READ MORE: IHIT confirms identity of Chilliwack’s second homicide victim of the year

• READ MORE: IHIT investigating after shooting in Chilliwack leaves one dead

There were also three homicides in the first three months of 2019, Christine Denham on Feb. 26, Stanny Carr died on March 6, but was shot on Aug. 8, 2018, and James Vidal on March 10. Of those, only Denham’s alleged killer has been arrested.

Shane Travis Hughes is in custody facing one count of second-degree murder.

• READ MORE: Man charged with murder of Christine Denham in Chilliwack

To compare, there were six homicides in Abbotsford in 2018 down from nine in 2017. In Surrey, there were 15 homicides in 2018 up from 12 in 2017. Across B.C. 89 people were the victim of homicide last year, down from 119 in 2017.

There were eight firearm offences, which includes discharging and pointing, in Chilliwack in 2018. In Abbotsford there were 11, in Surrey 35, and 198 across B.C., which is down 24 per cent from 2017, and down year over year since 2014.

As property crime, the numbers in Chilliwack are not good. The property crime rate in Chilliwack in 2018 was 6,923.81 per 100,000 population. In Abbotsford that was 5,010.20, in Surrey 4,605.06 and province wide it was 4,770.75.

Other data of interest from across Canada, according to Statistics Canada:

• In 2018, there was a national increase in the rates of drug offences related to methamphetamine (crystal meth), ecstasy and cocaine.

• The national rates for both firearm-related (-8%) and gang-related (-5%) homicides decreased in 2018. This marks the first decrease in firearm-related homicides since 2013 and the first decrease in gang-related homicides since 2014.

• After notable increases in property offences in 2015, followed by relative stability in 2016, the rate of property crime has risen more slowly each of the following two years, including an increase of 2% between 2017 and 2018.


@PeeJayAitch
paul.henderson@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The 11th annual Christmas Stocking Drive hosted by Royal LePage runs now until Dec. 11. (David Sucsy, Getty Images via Metro Creative Graphics)
Chilliwack Realtors asking people to help fill Christmas stockings for kids, seniors

Donations of cash, items needed for Christmas Stocking Drive hosted by Royal LePage

The BC Court of Appeal in Vancouver.
BC Court of Appeal hearing Barry Neufeld’s arguments why defamation suit should go ahead

BC Supreme Court tossed out lawsuit against Glen Hansman a year ago following anti-SLAPP legislation

A new ‘soft reporting’ room is opening inside the Ann Davis Transition Society offices on Dec. 1, 2020 which is thought to be the first of its kind in B.C. (Ann Davis Transitional Society/ Facebook)
First ‘trauma-informed’ reporting room of its kind in B.C. opening in Chilliwack

The ‘Willow Room’ is for reporting domestic violence, sexual, or gender-based violence to police

Trustees Barry Neufeld (left) and Darrell Furgason at a Jan. 29, 2019 meeting. (File photo/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack teachers respond to trustee’s ableist slurs

Teachers’ association calling for Neufeld to resign, board to censure Furgason

Meaghan Esmeijer delivers fully packed diaper backs to the maternity floor of Chilliwack General Hospital as part of the Southside Church ‘Love them Both’ program. (Submitted photo)
Chilliwack’s Southside Church spreads Christmas cheer with ‘All is Bright’ day

The fifth annual community outreach event happens Nov. 28 with activities throughout Chilliwack

A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of COVID-19 walks in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest day of pandemic with 13 deaths, 738 new COVID-19 cases

Number of people in hospital is nearing 300, while total cases near 30,000

(File photo)
Alberta woman charged after allegedly hitting boy with watermelon at Okanagan campsite

Police say a disagreement among friends at an Adams Lake campsite turned ugly

Court of Appeal for British Columbia in Vancouver. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
B.C. woman loses appeal to have second child by using late husband’s sperm

Assisted Human Reproduction Act prohibits the removal of human reproductive material from a donor without consent

B.C. projects targeting the restoration of sockeye salmon stocks in the Fraser and Columbia Watersheds will share in $10.9 million of federal funding to protect species at risk. (Kenny Regan photo)
13 projects protecting B.C. aquatic species at risk receive $11 million in federal funding

Salmon and marine mammals expected to benefit from ecosystem-based approach

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

File photo
Surrey RCMP investigating death threat against Surrey councillor

‘On Monday morning I received a threat on messenger that basically said to put a bullet in me,’ Councillor Jack Hundial told the Now-Leader

Krista Macinnis displays the homework assignment that her Grade 6 daughter received on Tuesday. (Submitted photo)
B.C. mom angry that students asked to list positive stories about residential schools

Daughter’s Grade 6 class asked to write down 5 positive stories or facts

Barrels pictured outside Oliver winery, Quinta Ferreira, in May. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
B.C. Master of Wine reflects on industry’s teetering economic state

Pandemic, for some wine makers, has been a blessing in disguise. For others, not so much.

Most Read