The Most Dangerous Cities in Canada: Motor vehicle theft

2009 Maclean’s National Crime Rankings


 
2007 motor vehicle theft rates as a percentage difference from the national rate
Area Population % difference Rank
WINNIPEG 653,733 323.72 1
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. 73,911 194.00 2
JOLIETTE RÉGIE INTERMUN., QUE. 59,763 175.24 3
CHILLIWACK, B.C. 72,491 130.03 4
EDMONTON 763,732 128.18 5
SURREY, B.C. 425,428 124.83 6
KAMLOOPS, B.C. 83,527 122.60 7
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. 135,253 122.05 8
SAINT-JÉRÔME, QUE. 67,600 120.97 9
MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. 76,267 111.54 10
FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA. 54,813 109.12 11
NANAIMO, B.C. 83,648 107.44 12
LANGLEY TOWNSHIP, B.C. 100,591 102.56 13
MONTCALM MRC, QUE. 52,828 97.33 14
BRANTFORD, ONT. 93,156 78.27 15
REGINA 183,540 76.66 16
TERREBONNE, QUE. 121,845 71.49 17
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. 64,161 68.81 18
KELOWNA, B.C. 113,109 65.78 19
BURNABY, B.C. 221,856 65.07 20
SASKATOON  206,365 58.98 21
LAVAL, QUE. 381,651 58.33 22
CALGARY 1,038,481 51.68 23
THÉRÈSE-DE-BLAINVILLE, QUE. 80,080 50.18 24
MONTREAL 1,871,846 48.80 25
DRUMMOND MRC, QUE. – (DRUMMOND MRC, 24526) 95,448 42.79 26
ST.JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QUE. 88,803 41.02 27
RED DEER, ALTA. 97,038 36.96 28
VICTORIA, B.C. 95,477 33.29 29
GRANBY, QUE. 60,902 31.16 30
ARTHABASKA MRC, QUE. 67,618 30.81 31
HAMILTON 519,741 30.16 32
PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. 59,732 27.31 33
VANCOUVER 609,785 24.00 34
LONDON, ONT. 362,561 22.23 35
REPENTIGNY, QUE. 86,644 21.62 36
COQUITLAM, B.C. 133,218 21.11 37
LONGUEUIL, QUE. 395,168 20.48 38
KELOWNA, B.C. (Rural) 51,560 17.29 39
MIDDLESEX, ONT. 54,417 -2.56 40
LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. 82,146 -4.96 41
SHAWINIGAN MRC, QUE 51,875 -7.79 42
STRATHCONA COUNTY, ALTA. 51,940 -7.90 43
DELTA, B.C. 103,323 -15.05 44
RICHELIEU SAINT-LAURENT, QUE. 180,520 -15.13 45
ROUSSILLON RÉGIE INTERMUN., QUE. 95,717 -15.84 46
TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QUE. 127,190 -17.68 47
HALIFAX 215,830 -19.29 48
TORONTO 2,651,717 -19.58 49
SHERBROOKE, QUE. 149,875 -21.11 50
RICHMOND, B.C. 193,164 -22.67 51
OXFORD COMMUNITY, ONT. 62,221 -25.29 52
MEDICINE HAT, ALTA. 60,246 -28.09 53
LAC-ST-JEAN-EST MRC, QUE. 51,543 -29.96 54
WINDSOR, ONT. 220,569 -30.13 55
GATINEAU-MÉTRO, QUE. 251,274 -32.02 56
CODIAC REGION, N.B. 104,650 -32.08 57
CHÂTEAUGUAY, QUE. 69,899 -33.18 58
CHATHAM-KENT, ONT. 109,123 -35.69 59
NORFOLK, ONT. 63,864 -37.11 60
SAULT STE. MARIE, ONT. 76,136 -38.06 61
OTTAWA 846,169 -38.91 62
SAGUENAY, QUE. 144,924 -40.21 63
NIAGARA REGION, ONT.  433,946 -43.06 64
THUNDER BAY, ONT. 114,286 -45.90 65
WATERLOO REGION, ONT. 496,370 -46.22 66
ST. ALBERT, ALTA. 64,535 -46.50 67
MRC VAUDREUIL-SOUL. 126,383 -47.51 68
QUEBEC CITY 535,321 -47.65 69
PEEL REGION, ONT. 1,222,639 -48.62 70
SUDBURY, ONT. 162,438 -49.02 71
SAINT JOHN, N.B. 69,357 -49.90 72
SAANICH, B.C. 112,335 -51.19 73
HALTON REGION, ONT. 468,980 -51.79 74
DURHAM REGION, ONT. 595,354 -52.47 75
ST. JOHN’S 182,605 -52.67 76
CAPE BRETON, N.S. 103,418 -53.96 77
BARRIE, ONT. 139,298 -54.64 78
YORK REGION, ONT. 975,501 -55.57 79
KINGSTON, ONT. 119,423 -56.16 80
PETERBOROUGH LAKEFIELD, ONT. 76,368 -57.16 81
KINGS COUNTY, N.S. 55,066 -61.48 82
MASKOUTAINS MRC, QUE. 82,456 -63.06 83
NOTTAWASAGA, ONT. 54,122 -63.31 84
NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. 90,864 -63.99 85
LÉVIS, QUE.  133,470 -64.67 86
SOUTH SIMCOE, ONT., MUNICIPAL, ONT. – (Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil, 35275) 57,584 -64.73 87
WELLINGTON COUNTY, ONT. 88,944 -64.74 88
HALIFAX COUNTY, , N.S. 169,627 -65.01 89
TRACADIE-SHEILA, N.B. 54,869 -65.87 90
RIMOUSKI-NEIGETTE, QUE. 53,667 -65.94 91
GUELPH, ONT. 120,254 -68.48 92
HURONIA WEST, ONT. 51,263 -69.19 93
SARNIA, ONT. 74,253 -69.92 94
FREDERICTON 52,339 -70.68 95
STORMONT/DUNDAS/GLENGARRY, ONT. 67,113 -71.09 96
PETROLIA, ONT. 52,661 -75.15 97
NORTH BAY, ONT.  56,716 -75.33 98
OROMOCTO, N.B. 59,890 -78.52 99
CALEDON, ONT. 73,877 -86.26 100

Source: Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Maclean’s

Methodology
Maclean’s obtained annual crime data from Statistics Canada for municipal police services with the 100 largest populations in the nation. Using 2007 rates per 100,000 population for six crimes—homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, vehicle theft, robbery plus breaking and entering—Maclean’s calculated the percentage difference from the national rate for each of the six crimes. In consultation with StatsCan, we gave each crime equal weights and standardized the rates to obtain an overall score that measured each area’s percentage difference from the national rate. Data from Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are excluded from the provincial and territorial score calculations due to their extreme crime rate values, which are inconsistent with the distribution of the rest of the country.

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The Most Dangerous Cities in Canada: Motor vehicle theft

  1. While your figures focus on 2007, I’m pleased to state that Winnipeg’s auto theft problem (total and attempted) has declined 53% since the implementation in 2005 of a number of proactive initiatives including the Manitoba Public Insurance Immobilizer Program. Forecasts anticipate an additional decline of more than 40 percent in the next year as compared to the current year.

    Based on these forecasts, Winnipeg is expected to shed its title as Auto Theft Capital of Canada. For those interested in seeing the progress in Manitoba, and Winnipeg readers can go to:
    http://www.mpi.mb.ca/english/autotheft/ATProgress.html

    Sincerely
    Brian Smiley
    Manitoba Public Insurance