RCMP unperturbed by 2019 crime statistics


Crime was up within the Yukon by a considerable margin in 2019,

By Tim Giilck on March 1, 2021

Crime was up within the Yukon by a considerable margin in 2019, however the native RCMP superintendent was reluctant to learn an excessive amount of into these numbers.

Supt. Chan (Dak) Daktari Dara, the Yukon RCMP’s legal operations officer, spoke to the report compiled by the Yukon Bureau of Statistics
compiled from knowledge collected by Statistics Canada.

“In 2019, police reported a complete of 10,939 legal incidents in Yukon: 2,088 violent Prison Code violations; 4,560 property crimes; 3,072 ‘different’ Prison Code violations; 929 Prison Code site visitors violations; and 290 Federal Statute violations,” the report reads.

“Yukon’s 2019 police-reported crime price (23,792 incidents per 100,000 inhabitants) was 21.2 per cent increased than the revised 2018 price (19,625
incidents per 100,000).”

The report, launched in late 2020, additionally acknowledged the Yukon’s 2019 crime price was the third-highest within the nation at 23,792 incidents per 100,000
inhabitants. (In accordance with Statistics Canada’s estimate on the time of the crime knowledge launch, the Yukon’s inhabitants as of July 1, 2019 was
40,854).

Dara, who has been serving within the Yukon for greater than a yr, cautioned towards studying an excessive amount of into the report and the rise it documented for 2019.

“I might say ‘no’ to the Yukon being a harmful place,” he informed the Star.

“The Yukon is among the most stunning, and one of many most secure, locations I’ve labored and lived in,” Dara added. “That’s from my private expertise
and perspective.

“I don’t need to trigger a panic (over these numbers),” he mentioned. “We’ve to have a look at the foundation causes, and it’s untimely to say if Yukoners needs to be involved.”

Dara mentioned the RCMP will likely be taking an in-depth take a look at the report to achieve a greater perspective on what the numbers imply.

“The report does present a sure indication of tendencies,” he mentioned. “However we’d like a fulsome evaluation to make sense of it. The report doesn’t present a full image.

“The statistics show a big enhance, sure, however most of these are a big enhance in sure calls. Disturbing the peace is up significantly, however there are a lot of issues such calls symbolize.”

Dara urged an unknown quantity of that enhance might be so simple as extra individuals calling police with such complaints.

He added that might be a sign that extra individuals are feeling extra comfy with interacting with the police. That will be a constructive
final result, Dara urged.

“We’ve to have a look at the foundation trigger of those will increase,” he mentioned. “Is it inhabitants progress or social issues? Or each?”

One of many typical widespread elements in petty crimes, together with property crimes and minor crimes towards individuals, Dara mentioned, is a rise in drug
use.

Substance abuse and such crimes typically go hand-in-hand, he mentioned.

He was extra troubled by the Yukon main the entire northern territories in assaults, each bodily and sexual.

In a second report, 61 per cent of feminine respondents indicated that they had been sexually assaulted not less than as soon as of their lives.

“That is one thing that we have now to eradicate,” he mentioned. “That statistic is deeply troubling.”

In accordance with the report, in 2019, the Yukon’s price for violent Prison Code violations (5,111) per 100,000 inhabitants was the third-highest in
Canada following the Northwest Territories at 11,067 and Nunavut at 10,869.

The nationwide price was 1,277 per 100,000 inhabitants.

In 2019, there have been 2,088 incidents of violent Prison Code violations, a rise of 501, or 31.6 per cent, in comparison with the revised 2018 determine
(1,587 incidents); and a rise of 624, or 42.6 per cent, in comparison with 2010 (1,464 incidents).

Within the Yukon, there was one incident of murder (first-degree homicide) and one tried homicide in 2019.

There have been 1,280 incidents of assault: the sum of assault ranges 1-3 (1,259), assaults towards a peace officer (20) and different assaults (1)
accounted for 61.3 per cent of all violent Prison Code violations.



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