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Darren Boyer, January 13 2023

The Most Dangerous Cities, Towns And Counties in Alberta - Dec 2022

The Cities with the highest property crime rates in Alberta in December were

Wetaskawin had the highest crime rate for a City in December.  It was #2 in December.  Total property crimes were 58
Cold Lake was #2.  It was #1 in November.   Total property crimes were - 65
Red Deer was #3.  It was #3 in November.   Total property crimes were - 324
Calgary* was #4.  It was #5 in November.   Total property crimes were - 3949
Edmonton was 5th.  It was #6 in November. Total property crimes were - 2980
Leduc was 6th.    Total property crimes were - 97

Leduc County also had the 6th highest crime rates in the province.  

The total of ALL property crimes outside of Calgary and Edmonton in December came to 3260.
The rest of Alberta had 689 less crimes in the city of Calgary which had 3949 property crimes.
The rest of Alberta had 280 property crimes more than in the city of Edmonton in December which had 2980 property crimes.

Highest Crime Places Per 1,000 Residents

Bonnyville had the highest crime rate in the province with 13.43 crimes per 1,000 residents and 86 property crimes.  Bonnyville also had the 4th highest crime rate in the province in November.

Improvement District No 9 in the Rockies region, was #2 with 9.96 crimes per 1,000 residents and 10 property crimes.

Valleyview was #3 with 6.58 crimes per 1,000 residents and 11 property crimes .

Samson Cree Nation was #4 with 6.58 crimes per 1,000 residents and 22 property crimes.  This place was also #3 in November.

St. Paul was #5 with 5.97 crimes per 1,000 residents and 35 property crimes.  This town also had the 6th highest crime rate in the province in November.

Residents and ratepayers are paying the high costs for these levels of property crime.

Towns With The Highest Crime in December

Bonnyville had the highest crime for all Towns in December.
Valleyview had the second highest crime rate.
St. Paul was 3rd highest
Athabasca was 4th
Slave Lake was 5th
Peace River was 6th.

The high crime rates in these towns highlights that the highest crime rates in the province are in the Eastern Region and the Peace River regions in December 2022.

The Highest Rural Crime In December

Rural crime was closely associated with the hot spots having the highest crime in the province.  

Improvement District No 9 was #1 for property crimes per 1,000 residents.  This area is close to some of the highest crime locations in the province the last few months such as Samson Cree Nation which is #2.

Leduc County is next to Edmonton which had 2980 crimes and Leduc which had 97 and was 6th in the province.  Not every rural area next to large cities experiences property crime but when rural areas are targeted the crime rate can quickly spike to very high levels.

Smoky Lake County is between some of the Towns in Eastern Alberta that had the highest crime in the province, such as Bonnyville, St. Paul, Cold Lake, Athabasca and more.

Northern Sunrise County and the MD of Opportunity are very close to Towns with the highest crime rates in the province.  Those two towns are Valleyview at #2 and Peace River #6.

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Highest Crime Places By Region

Below are the highest crime locations for eight regions across Alberta.

A list of 124 places and where they rank is at the bottom of the post.

Edmonton Region

Leduc County continued to be the highest crime location in the Edmonton region.  Calmar, Devon, Edmonton, Leduc and Spruce Grove had the highest crime rates.  Overall, the Edmonton region had a much higher crime rate than the Calgary region below.

Calgary Region

The Calgary region showed a very positive trend of a lower crime rate.  Each of these communities listed were well below the 2.50 crimes per 1,000 residents that represent a really high crime rate for rural crime.

Central Alberta

Samson Cree Nation had the highest crime in Central Alberta in December.  It was also #3 in the region in November and #6 in October.  
Wetaskawin was #2.  It was also the 5th highest in the region in November, and the #5 in October.
Rocky Mountain House was #3.
Innisfail was #4.
Barrhead was #5
Delburne was #6

Eastern Alberta

Property crime levels in Eastern Alberta are the highest in the province.

The pink line representing a really high crime rate for a Town indicates a crime spree that is unchecked.  

Bonnyville has had the highest crime in the region for at least 3 months in a row.
St Paul has had the second highest crime rate in the region for 3 months in a row.
Athabasca was #3 and 4th in November.
Slave Lake was 4th and #6 in November.
Cold Lake was 5th, 3rd in November, and 6th in October.
Vegreville was 6th.

Southern Alberta - Badlands Region

The very low levels of rural crime and property crime in Central Alberta highlight how much safer people can live.
Each of these communities show a crime rate at or just below of 2.5 property crimes per 1,000 residents.  These are low crime rates overall.

Grande Prairie - Peace River Region

Valleyview was #1 followed by Peace River, Northern Sunrise County, High Level, Grande Prairie and Beaverlodge.

Alberta Rockies

The Improvement District, Hinton and Jasper had the highest crime locations in the Alberta Rockies. There are only 6 places in this region so all 6 are in the chart.

Safest Places in Alberta

Congratulations to these communities that reported zero property crimes in December. 
Bentley once again had zero crimes.  Berwyn, Bow Island, County of Forty Mile, Eckville, Sexsmith, and Wembley were some of the Towns we see as having zero property crimes in December.

Many other towns and rural areas across the province report a very low crime rate.  Below is a list of 124 places and where they ranked.

Crime Rates and Ranking Across Alberta

These are the 124 places we rank from the highest crime to the lowest.  There is the ranking, the name of the Municipality, the crimes per 1,000 residents, and the total reported crimes.

Ranking | Municipality| Crimes per 1,000 Residents| Reported Crimes 

The Top 25%

1 Bonnyville 13.43 86
2 Improvement District No. 9 9.96 10
3 Valleyview 6.58 11
4 Samson Cree Nation 6.52 22
5 St Paul 5.97 35
6 Leduc County 5.59 77
7 Athabasca 5.07 14
8 Wetaskiwin 4.58 58
9 Slave Lake 4.51 30
10 Peace River 4.38 29

11 Rocky Mountain House 4.29 29
12 Cold Lake 4.15 65
13 Vegreville 3.68 21
14 Smoky Lake County 3.65 15
15 Innisfail 3.63 29
16 Northern Sunrise County 3.59 7
17 Hinton 3.57 35
18 Jasper 3.49 16
19 Barrhead 3.47 15
20 Delburne 3.26 3

21 Edson 3.22 27
22 Red Deer 3.21 324
23 Calmar 3.21 7
24 Whitecourt 3.19 31
25 Calgary* 3.19 3949
26 MD of Opportunity 3.14 10
27 Devon 3.04 20
28 Ponoka 3.00 22
29 Edmonton 2.95 2980
30 Alberta Beach 2.95 3

The second highest quartile

31 Stettler 2.88 16
32 High Level 2.85 9
33 Leduc 2.85 97
34 Olds 2.72 25
35 Flagstaff County 2.68 10
36 Penhold 2.58 9
37 Grande Prairie 2.56 164
38 Banff 2.42 19
39 Lac La Biche County 2.35 18
40 Bruderheim 2.26 3

41 Beaverlodge 2.20 5
42 Yellowhead County 2.18 24
43 Redcliff 2.15 12
44 Drayton Valley 2.07 15
45 Onoway 2.07 2
46 Spruce Grove 2.05 77
47 Wood Buffalo 2.00 143
48 Bon Accord 1.96 3
49 Parkland County 1.96 63
50 High Prairie 1.95 5

51 Brooks 1.94 29
52 MD of Bonnyville 1.94 25
53 Thorhild County 1.84 6
54 Sundre 1.83 5
55 Westlock 1.81 13
56 Rocky View County 1.78 70
57 Lac Ste. Anne County 1.74 19
58 Red Deer County 1.74 34
59 Cardston 1.67 6
60 Camrose County 1.65 14

Bottom 50%

61 Sylvan Lake 1.63 26
62 St. Albert 1.58 108
63 Brazeau County 1.53 11
64 Coaldale 1.48 13
65 Athabasca County 1.40 11
66 Strathcona County\Sherwood Park 1.40 137
67 Strathmore 1.38 19
68 Alix 1.36 1
69 Sturgeon County 1.35 27
70 MD of Greenview 1.31 12

71 Stony Plain 1.28 23
72 O'Chiese 1.27 1
73 Drumheller 1.25 10
74 Westlock County 1.25 9
75 Fox Creek 1.22 2
76 Bashaw 1.18 1
77 St. Paul County 1.16 7
78 Morinville 1.16 12
79 Canmore 1.14 16
80 Chestermere 1.11 23

81 Black Diamond 1.10 3
82 Castor 1.08 1
83 County of Grande Prairie 1.03 23
84 Beaver County 1.02 6
85 Clearwater County 1.01 12
86 Three Hills 0.99 3
87 County of Westaskawin 0.98 11
88 Airdrie 0.92 68
89 Fort Saskatchewan 0.89 24
90 Big Lakes County 0.88 5

Lowest 25% - Lowest Quartile

91 Lethbridge County 0.87 9
92 Blackfalds 0.86 9
93 Bassano 0.83 1
94 Lamont County 0.80 3
95 Wheatland County 0.80 7
96 Claresholm 0.79 3
97 Okotoks 0.79 24
98 Bowden 0.78 1
99 Stoney Nakoda First Nation 0.76 3
100 Ponoka County 0.71 7

101 Beaumont 0.67 14
102 Cochrane 0.65 21
103 Wainwright 0.64 4
104 County of Barrhead 0.64 4
105 Crowsnest Pass 0.54 3
106 Lacombe County 0.52 7
107 Vermilion River County 0.48 4
108 Foothills County 0.48 11
109 Mountain View County 0.46 6
110 Nanton 0.46 1

111 Crossfield 0.28 1
112 Mackenzie County 0.27 3
113 High River 0.22 5
114 Woodlands County 0.21 1
115 Stettler County 0.19 1
116 Didsbury 0.15 2
117 Taber 0.12 1
118 Bentley 0.00 0
119 Berwyn 0.00 0
120 Bow Island 0.00 0

121 County of Forty Mile 0.00 0
122 Eckville 0.00 0
123 Sexsmith 0.00 0
124 Wembley 0.00 0

Where These Charts and Data Came From

There are over 300 Municipalities in Alberta counting Villages and Reserves. We gather all the RCMP data, Calgary Police Service Data and Edmonton Police Service data that is publicly available. The goal is to report on the major areas and trends, not every single village.

Of the 300 RCMP reported areas this report covers 124 of the larger ones. The crimes are then compared to the population to get the crimes per 1,000 residents.

This method helps make the easiest comparison between locations. This method is also what the FBI uses to look at crime across America.

Calgary* 

Calgary data is only available as recent as October 2022

Calgary October Property Crime Data

Commercial Robbery 38
Property Crimes 4331
Fraud (420)
Total 3949

Data

Independent police services like the Lethbridge Police Service, the Lacombe Police Service, The Medicine Hat Police service do not seem to report the property crime rates publicly.  

If there is a way to access data for these and any other police services please let me know.

Due to the difficulties in collecting this data some locations in Alberta may not be included. 

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