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Penticton RCMP defend poor rating in Macleans' crime statistics

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November 20, 2019 - 2:56 PM

Penticton RCMP say recent statistics ranking Penticton 19th in crime out of 237 Canadian cities in 2018 requires further explanation.

Penticton RCMP media relations officer Const. James Grandy said in a press release issued today, Nov. 20, that the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey results reported by Macleans magazine are based on police-reported incidents and the population.

“It’s not a proportional comparison, as it bases its calculation on a per capita population only, and not taking into consideration that prolific offenders aren’t proportional. With that in mind, a few incidents in a smaller community such as Penticton can dramatically impact the ranking of that community,” Grandy said.

“A single prolific offender in a smaller centre has the ability to increase that town’s crime severity rating, as compared to a larger city,” Grandy said.

He said that in many cases, violent acts that are reported to police involve individuals who are well known to one another and can be considered isolated events, with no danger to the public at large.

"The RCMP in Penticton and throughout the South Okanagan have seen tremendous success in arresting prolific offenders in each of our communities, who are believed to be responsible for the majority of the crimes taking place. Our officers remain committed to these efforts of solving crimes and improving our community’s sense of safety, security and overall well-being,” Grandy said.

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