In 2019, crime rose sharply in Nunavut

The severity and prevalence of crime in Nunavut rose sharply from 2018 to 2019, Statistics Canada says in its launch of nationwide crime numbers for 2019.

Utilizing a particular measure known as the “crime severity index,” StatCan, in a report launched on the finish of final month, mentioned the severity of crime in Nunavut jumped by 11 per cent in 2019.

The crime severity index measures the general seriousness of crime by making an allowance for the overall variety of crimes after which giving additional weight to extra severe crimes to supply a severity rating.

For Nunavut, StatCan reported a 9 per cent enhance within the severity rating for violent crime and a 13 per cent enhance within the severity rating for property crime.

However Nunavut’s not alone. Within the different two northern territories, will increase in crime severity had been even worse. The Northwest Territories skilled a 19 per cent enhance in its whole crime severity index and Yukon skilled a 26 per cent enhance.

Police-reported crimes up 20 per cent

In keeping with StatCan’s different measuring stick for crime, the per capita fee of police-reported crimes, that’s, crimes the police report back to StatCan, Nunavut confirmed a 20 per cent enhance in 2019.

That included a 22 per cent leap in violent crime.

However that’s not as unhealthy as both the Northwest Territories or Yukon. The N.W.T. noticed a 22 per cent enhance in its total per capita crime fee, and a 28 per cent enhance in violent crime. In Yukon, the general crime fee rose 21 per cent and violent crime rose by 31 per cent.

On the identical time, the N.W.T. possesses the very best total per capita crime fee in Canada, with Nunavut in second place and Yukon third.

However one space the place Nunavut nonetheless stands out is within the severity of violent crime: with a rating of 612.8, it’s the very best in Canada.

That appears to be supported by the uncooked numbers: a 32 per cent enhance from 2018 to 2019 in main assaults and a 21 per cent enhance in robberies.

The police recorded seven homicides in Nunavut in 2019, down from the eight homicides recorded in 2018. As well as, Nunavut noticed six tried murders in 2019.

In distinction, just one murder occurred in Yukon and two within the N.W.T.

Frequent assaults occurred ceaselessly in Nunavut: 2,302 incidents in 2019, for which 739 folks had been charged.

As well as, there have been 528 assaults with a weapon or assaults inflicting bodily hurt, and 74 aggravated assaults.

Sexual offences on the rise

Additionally in 2019, the police reported 95 sexual violations of youngsters in a number of courses of offence, for which 47 people had been charged. That’s up by about six per cent from the earlier 12 months.

And customary sexual assaults additionally rose in Nunavut. The police reported 200 “stage one” sexual assaults in 2019, up from 167 in 2018 and 149 in 2017. For these, 89 people had been charged.

On the identical time, the proportion of unfounded incidents dropped to 14.89 per cent from 20.8 per cent in 2018.

As for “stage two” sexual assaults—sexual assault with a weapon or sexual assault inflicting bodily hurt—none had been recorded in 2019. And the police reported two “stage three” aggravated sexual assaults.

Nevertheless, there’s one huge piece of excellent information: cannabis-related offences dropped by a whopping 83 per cent in 2019—possible due to the brand new federal legislation that legalizes the possession and sale of the substance.

Which means solely 16 “incidents” occurred, and solely 5 folks had been charged in relation to the brand new Hashish Act.

However the police in Nunavut did report extra cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy offences in 2019.

For all of Canada, crime severity rose by 5 per cent and police-reported crime rose by seven per cent.

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