Overall crime down, but assaults with weapons sees increase in Winnipeg’s 2021 crime stats

Winnipeg Police Services have released their 2021 crime and call numbers annual report and the overall crime rate in Winnipeg fell in 2021 by 13.5 per cent.

In total, the city had nearly 7,400 assaults. In 2021 there were 753 sexual assaults, which was down from 2020.

However, assaults with a weapon increased by 10.3 per cent as the city had just over 2,600 incidents.

Overall Winnipeggers called police services more in 2021 compared to 2020, but the number of calls that resulted in officers being dispatched lowered.

Wellness and domestic checks saw an increase for the second straight year. 2021 saw an increase of 9 per cent compared to 2020.

Winnipeg 2021 Annual Crime Report on Scribd

“Homicides remain high for the third year in a row, well outside the five-year average. On a positive note, clearance rates for homicides also remain high, a testament to the dedicated resources assigned to investigate the most serious crime,” said Winnipeg police Chief Danny Smyth in a statement.

Crime was fairly evenly spread out around the city. The North District was the only policing district to see an increase in crimes compared to 2020, however, it still remains the lowest area for crime activity having 21.3 per cent of all of Winnipeg’s crime. The West District had the worst crime rate sitting at 28.1 per cent.

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