Today the Winnipeg Police Service released their 2021 Statistical Report, and violent crime is up for another year.
In the report the police said gun-related calls for service increased by 27% over the past five years. Violent crime increased by 5% over 2020. That was driven primarily by a resurgence in assaults, particularly assaults involving weapons. The number of violent crimes involving knives is also high.
Homicides remain high for the third year in a row, well outside the five-year average. In 2022 we are already well above the average to date with 25 homicides reported for the year. The record number of homicides is forty-four.
The report shows property crime is lower with fewer reports of shoplifting, particularly in liquor stores. However, there was a marked and substantial increase in the theft of catalytic converters has reached record levels.
Read the entire report, click here.