Guelph is perhaps one of Canada’s safest cities.
Data from Statistics Canada showed that Guelph’s Crime Severity Index fell 58.2 in 2021, an eight percent decrease from 2020.
This makes Guelph the 12th lowest of the 35 census metropolitan areas in Canada.
Guelph Police Chief Gord Cobey said in a press release: “While we are certainly pleased with these improvements, we must continue to ensure proactive investments to sustain these improvements, support the well-being of our members and ensure our community is safe, healthy and healthy remains sustainable. ready.”
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Deputy Chief Darryl Goetz echoed the Chief’s views.
“It’s a nice confirmation that we were second best (behind Calgary) in terms of improvement,” Goetz said. “But that doesn’t mean we’re resting on our laurels. We are continuing to lower that number even further.”
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Calgary’s index fell 9 percent in 2021 to 72.3.
Statistics Canada notes that Guelph’s decline in the index was due to a decrease in homicide, fraud, theft of $5,000 or less, and robbery, partially offset by an increase in shoplifting of $5,000 or less.
Goetz said they’ve also been able to lower that index thanks to additional resources.
“We’ve hired a number of officers over the past few years to help fight crime on our streets,” Goetz said. “It allows detectives and frontline officers to get a little more involved and allows us to be more proactive in relation to those committing crimes in our communities.”
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Nearby communities ranked in the index include:
- Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge at 79.4, a 6 percent increase from 2020
- Brantford was down 7 percent from 2020 to 75.7
- London posted a 7 percent increase to 80.1
- Hamilton rose 2 percent to 56.9
Guelph also saw a 22 percent decrease in its violent crime severity index in 2021 from 2020.
“It’s not just the uniform appearance on the street, but also a lot of work behind the scenes from our IT to the communications staff,” says Goetz. “It’s a joint effort by everyone, and everyone has the same goal of making the city of Guelph safer.”
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