CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – There’s still work to be done in Campbell River, according to Mayor Andy Adams.
This after Campbell River came in at 88 on Maclean’s “Canada’s Most Dangerous Cities 2019” list.
The ranking is based on the crime severity index (CSI), which is a Statistics Canada measure of all crimes reported to police that takes the volume and seriousness of offences into consideration.
“It brings to attention what we need to continue to make improvements for Campbell River’s safety. With the Downtown Safety Office and last year, approving additional RCMP officers in 2018 and another one in 2019, and to see that we have made some significant improvements is certainly encouraging,” said Mayor Adams, referencing other Vancouver Island communities that ranked above Campbell River on the list.
According to the report, Campbell River has a lower drug trafficking rate than many communities, with cannabis and cocaine trafficking and production below the national average. Canada averaged 29.32 for cannabis trafficking and production, while Campbell River averaged 9.1, and averaged 15.17 to Canada’s 19.73 for cocaine trafficking and production.
Campbell River is well above the national average when it comes to impaired driving offences, averaging 263.94 to Canada’s 194.31. However, this number is already a result of a decrease in impaired driving in the last five years.