Kelowna has highest crime rate in Canada: Stats Can


Global News

KELOWNA, B.C. — Kelowna’s new RCMP commander, Inspector Nick Romanchuk, met the media for the first time Thursday carrying a grim message.

Statistics Canada crime report released this morning reveals Kelowna has the highest crime rate in Canada.

“As the incoming Officer in Charge of Kelowna Regional Detachment, it is my goal that Kelowna is never again mentioned in a Stats Canada report on crime unless it is recognized for significant reductions in crime. I am comforted that I have a very capable team who is dedicated to improving the safety of our communities through a number of means,” says Inspector Romanchuk.

According to the report, Kelowna’s overall crime rate surged six per cent in 2012.

“The crime rate increase in Kelowna, Lake Country and West Kelowna in 2012 is primarily attributable to an increase in property offences” says Kelowna RCMP Constable Kris Clark.

RCMP report:

  • Property crime increased by…

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