Crime rate holds steady

New statistics show that the number of crimes committed in the territory in 2015 is almost the same as in 2014.

New statistics show that the number of crimes committed in the territory in 2015 is almost the same as in 2014.

The police-reported crime rate for the Yukon in 2015 was at 23,605 crimes per 100,000 people, a 0.1 per cent drop compared to 2014.

It remains the third highest in the country.

The Northwest Territories lead the way, followed by Nunavut.

Since 2006, the crime rate has jumped by 18.5 per cent.

Of 8,835 criminal code violations, excluding traffic, 17 per cent were violent offences, 41 per cent were property crimes, and 42 per cent were defined as “other criminal code violations.”

That category includes anything from counterfeiting to weapons violations, child pornography, and disturbing the peace.

For the Yukon, other violations mainly meant disturbing the peace (71 per cent).

Nationally, the breakdown of criminal offences is 20 per cent violent offences, 62 per cent property crimes, and 18 per cent other violations.

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