Monday, August 20, 2012


Yesterday, I was engaged in a conversation about how much the City of St. John's is changing.

Police-reported Crime Severity Index, by census metropolitan area, 2011
It seems every day we are inundated with news stories about  home invasions, stabbings in the down town, daily drug busts, shoot-outs, homicides, armed robberies, violent home invasions, break and enters, drug related crime, random stabbings on streets and in malls, assaults - violent crime seems to be on the rise.

I recall last year trying to make sense of a comment that was made by Bob Johnston, the Chief of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary along the lines that a 17% increase in violent crime, the most significant increase in the country, did not mean the City was becoming a dangerous place.

According to a Macleans Magazine article last December, "ten years back, St. John’s overall crime score ranked an idyllic 65th lowest among 100 cities. Now it’s climbed to 25th."

This years numbers, might surprise you. St. John's reported a decrease in violent crimes in 2011. In fact total crime was down 7% and violent crime dropped 16%.

How do you feel about your personal safety in St. John's? Do you feel safer in your home now than in years past? Do you feel safer walking at night than you did in years past? Do you feel that violent crime is on a downward trend?

The numbers for 2012 will tell the truth.

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