Chilliwack crime rate among the Valley's highest

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After a steady decline in the crime rate in the City of Chilliwack over the last decade, 2014 saw a small increase over the prior four years, according to Statistics Canada data released July 22.

And while the rate of 11,122 per 100,000 population is a reduction of 38 per cent from 2005, the rate is still one of the highest in the Fraser Valley. (See list below.)

Stats Canada’s annual police reported crime statistics showed the total number of incidents in 2014 in Chilliwack was 9,483 up slightly over the 9,027 in 2013, 8,922 in 2012 and 8,909 in 2011.

The increase in last year’s crime rate represents a 4.4 per cent rise over 2013, and is 29 per cent higher than the B.C.-wide crime rate of 8,632 incidents per 100,000.

The incident-based crime statistics separate out crimes reported in the municipality and in the rural areas policed by the local detachment, such as Cultus Lake, the Chilliwack River Valley and Popkum.

In the rural area, the crime rate is substantially higher at 16,901 per 100,000 population, although the number of incidents is much lower at 863 for 2014.

As for specific violations, 5,417 property crime violations is up incrementally year over year since 2011, but down substantially from 8,088 in 2004.

The property crime rate in Chilliwack is 30 per cent higher than the provincewide rate.

There were 724 break-and-enters reported in 2014, 359 motor vehicle thefts, 48 thefts over $5,000 (non-motor vehicle), and 2,645 thefts under $5,000.

There was a spike in fraud at 346 incidents, up 41.45 per cent over 2013.

There were also 10 incidents of identity theft reported in the last five years in Chilliwack and zero people charged.

And while there were 224 incidents of identity fraud in the last five years, just 13 people were charged.


Rotten apples and bitter oranges

2014 crime rate per 100,000 population

Hope             13,818

Surrey             11,126

Chilliwack         11,122

Mission             10,628

Maple Ridge         9,136

Abbotsford         8,796

Pitt Meadows         8,643

Langley Township    8,512

District of Kent         7,356

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