Crime on the rise slightly in Comox: Stats Canada

Actual incidents have been on the decline since its peak in 2015

While crime within the Town of Comox rose marginally in 2018 over the previous year, the number of actual incidents have been on the decline since its peak in 2015, according to crime figures released by Statistics Canada.

In data released Monday, the agency found 537 total violations within the town in 2018, compared to 534 in 2017. In 2015, that number was 600.

In 2018, there were 59 adults charged, and five youth charged with crimes.

RELATED: Rate of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

The number of sexual assaults (level 1) jumped to seven in 2018, as compared to one in 2017. Level 1 sexual assaults involve minor physical injuries or no injuries to the victim.

Province-wide, there were 3,122 level 1 incidents, up 14.5 per cent from 2017.

In general, rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row, “corresponding in timing to the growing public discussion of issues around sexual violence,” including the #MeToo movement, Statistics Canada noted.

Total property crime violations increased slightly from the previous year – 333 in 2018 compared to 330 in 2017. The numbers have increased in the past two years from the low of 230 incidents in 2016.

Theft under $5,000 was the highest it’s been in the municipality since 2014 – 62 recorded incidents.

The Crime Severity Index for the town was 39.05 – the highest since 2014.

CSI measures changes in the level of severity of crime in Canada from year to year. According to the agency, all crimes are assigned a weight based on their seriousness.

In 2017, the CSI for the Town of Comox sat at 34.53.

The violent crime severity index was the highest its ever been since 2014, coming in at 30.99.

This index includes all incident-based Uniform Crime Reporting Survey violent violations, some of which were not previously included in the aggregate violent crime category, including uttering threats, criminal harassment and forcible confinement.

The Record has reached out to Mayor Russ Arnott for comment.

To view the statistics, click here.

– With files from Katya Slepian

Just Posted

Eight Comox Valley non-profits get government funding

The Province has announced $314,000 in funding for eight not-for-profit organizations in… Continue reading

‘Pop-up’ Christmas Craft Fair at Tsolum school

Funds from table sales and concession support school in El Granadillo, Mexico

Comox Valley Glacier Kings split another pair of games

Yetis best Buccaneers on Saturday at home after road loss to Storm

Campbell River mom’s iPhone containing priceless photos stolen from Victoria hospital parkade

The phone contained photos, heartbeat recordings of her late son

City of Courtenay installing aqua dam in Lewis Park

With winter approaching, seasonal storms are likely to begin affecting the East… Continue reading

‘Kind of lacking:’ Injured Bronco wonders why Canada won’t fund spinal surgery

“I think if Canada can step in and advance this program”

Dance cancelled after Alberta teacher’s climate lesson prompts online threats

School district near Red Deer cancelled annual family dance due to Facebook comments

Feds not enforcing standards on Hungarian duck imports, B.C. farmer says

‘You have no way of knowing what’s in the bag’

In surprise move, defence won’t call witnesses for accused in Abbotsford school killing

‘Change of instructions’ results in defence closing case without calling evidence

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

74% of 911 calls are from cellphones, so know your location: E-Comm

Cell tower triangulation generally only narrows location down to the block someone is calling from

No negligence in RCMP actions in B.C. teen’s overdose death: Watchdog

Police acted properly when they responded to the first reports of the boy being in distress

320 years since the ‘Big One’ doesn’t mean it’s overdue: B.C. professor

‘It could happen today, tomorrow or 100 years from now’

Most Read