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Top Dangerous Cities With Highest Crimes In Canada In 2023

The Crime Severity Index (CSI) is used to measure police-reported crime in Canada. This index quantifies the relative number and severity of crimes in different parts of the country, giving a severity-weighted statistic.

Top eight high-risk cities in Canada listed among the world's top 100 cities with highest crime index

The rankings take into account each position's Crime Index, an evaluation of the total level of crime over the previous 36 months.

Winnipeg, Manitoba (8)

As the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba, Winnipeg has a high overall crime rate of 58.90 crimes per 100,000 people and the second-highest murder rate in the country.

Crime rates in Winnipeg

  1. Crime Index: 58.90
  2. Safety Index: 41.16

Winnipeg is pretty bad., but in large parts of the the city it's more of a cars-getting-broken into crime than getting jumped crime (although there are definitely parts of the city where it's easy to get jumped if that's what you're looking for) The petty property crime is probably worse than reported, since nobody really bothers reporting it anymore , the police don't respond anyway.
Posted: by Brittany S.

Two things can be true at once. One, there is more crime, whether that be violent crime or property crime, than there should be in Winnipeg and two, for the vast majority of residents, your risk of being the victim of a serious crime remains very low.
Posted: by Tony L.

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Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (7)

Sault Ste. Marie is a cross-border region of Canada and the United States. Aggravated assault and theft are issues that have been reported in the city keeping the city among ccountry's top eight cities based on crime index.

Crime rates in Sault Ste. Marie

  1. Crime Index: 59.20
  2. Safety Index: 40.35

If you're not involved in bad stuff, the chances that you'll be involved in any kind of crime are very low. Not zero, but I don't think it's zero anywhere. My parents live in a very nice suburb in one of the cities that was recently rated as one of the safest in the country, and their neighbour's pickup truck was stolen right out of his driveway.
Posted: by Pasquale D.

For what it's worth, crime stats are incredibly easy to manipulate and shouldn't be trusted in Canada. I would say that wherever claims to have the worst crime, is probably just the place with the police reporting it the most honestly. Crime stats are also subject to interpretation to some degree as they're being entered.
Posted: by Artavia B.

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Oshawa, Ontario (6)

Oshawa is a city in Ontario. Also known as the automotive capital of Canada due to the presence of several automotive companies. Oshawa has has a level of crime with a crime index of 60.08.

Crime rates in Oshawa

  1. Crime Index: 60.08
  2. Safety Index: 40.26

Oshawa also made the list in 2022. God help us!!! This city is running into problems with Toronto gangs moving in, but don't believe the hype. It's a nice place, has bike paths, parks... It's just like any town in Ontario with its issues and its benefits..
Posted: by Justin M.

Oshawa isn't really all that dangerous, it's just sketchy. All the creepy dudes, mentally unstable people roaming around give it that appearance but there's not much actual danger unless you associate with the wrong people.
Posted: by Roderick C.

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Sudbury, Ontario (5)

Sudbury is the City of Greater Sudbury and the largest city in Northern Ontario by population. Sudbury has crime index of 60.70. In 2021, Sudbury recorded the fourth-highest homicide rate in Canada.

Crime rates in Sudbury

  1. Crime Index: 60.70
  2. Safety Index: 39.55

There is always going to be some crime. The people from Sudbury need to take a harder look at this city. It's all safe. 39 years and the worst crime that has happened to me is theft. Stupid teens in the middle of the night rifling through my car and that happened once.
Posted: by Shannon A.

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Red Deer, Alberta (4)

Red Deer is a city in Alberta, Canada, located midway on the Calgary. Red Deer has an above-average crime index at 61.20 with crime rate of 176.40, violent crime rate of 175.70, and nonviolent crime rate of 176.20.

Crime rates in Red Deer

  1. Crime Index: 61.20
  2. Safety Index: 37.91
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With Red Deer, there is sizeable amount of crazy stuff that happens here still, but as with Calgary, most of it is still localized to a radius around downtown and the hospital area. Despite Red Deer's higher crime rate, I would still say I feel safer here.
Posted: by Glennis M.

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Kelowna, British Columbia (3)

Kelowna is a city on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of BC. Kelowna has a high crime index of 61.60 with crime rate of 141.90, violent crime rate of 124.30, and a nonviolent crime rate of 148.00. The most commonly reported crimes in and outside Kelowna's metro area are theft and vandalism.

Crime rates in Kelowna

  1. Crime Index: 61.60
  2. Safety Index: 37.73

I have spent my entire life in Kelowna. Yes the city has its problems. So does everywhere else in BC. There are opportunities here to be had. Come to Kelowna, and prepare to be amazed at all the opportunities here.
Posted: by Dana B.

We have a lot of street junkies here. A lot. More so than other cities of comparable size and development. How they got here and/or how they came into their situation is another matter. As far as daily life goes, If you live on the outskirts of town it's not a big deal. In town though? There's a sticky fingered crackhead on practically every corner who will break into your car for a cigarette. So. Don't leave anything outside.
Posted: by Lynn D.

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Lethbridge, Alberta (2)

Lethbridge is a city in the province of Alberta. Drug-related issues related to the ongoing opioid crisis are the most common occurrences of crime.

Crime rates in Lethbridge

  1. Crime Index: 62.30
  2. Safety Index: 37.21

I moved here just 1 year ago now and have had in that time span my bike stolen and my car broken into, just waiting to see what more will happen at this point, definitely didn't have as many problems living in Northern Alberta.
Posted: by Kumar S.

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Surrey, British Columbia (1)

Surrey is a city in British Columbia. Surrey has an overall crime index of 63.80 with high rise in drug-related crimes such as possession with and without intent to distribute.

Crime rates in Surrey

  1. Crime Index: 63.80
  2. Safety Index: 35.34

Surrey is seen as an unfavorable place to live because of dated stereotypes and racism. It's got a large working class immigrant, Indigenous, South Asian and other BIPOC population - which means some people of more means perceive it as unsavory.
Posted: by Spike M.

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