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Darren Boyer, October 25 2022

The Most Dangerous Places in Alberta - September 2022

Here are the six most dangerous places in Alberta, according to the police reported crime rates.

St. Paul had the highest crime rate in the province according to the RCMP property crime data. There were over 18 crimes per 1,000 residents. This was the highest crime rate per resident I’d ever seen.

The O’Chiese First Nation community had the second highest crime rate in the province, rising to over 14 crimes per 1,000 residents.

Eastern Alberta

Eastern Alberta maintained the highest crime rate in the province as a region. 

The six most dangerous places in Eastern Alberta St. Paul, Bonnyville, St. Paul County, Slave Lake, Athabasca, and Cold Lake all had over 6 crimes per 1,000 residents. 

St Paul with 18.59 crimes per 1,000 residents had the highest crime rate. It was 1347% higher than Okotoks at spot 100 .

Ranking | Municipality| Crimes per 1,000 Residents| Region of Alberta

Crime Rates Across Alberta in September

Edmonton Region

Leduc County, Edmonton, Devon, Leduc, Calmar and Spruce Grove had the highest crimes rates in the Edmonton Region.

Calgary Region

Calgary*, Stoney Nakoda First Nation, Cochrane, Rocky View County, Crossfield, and Chestermere had the highest crime rates in the Calgary region.

Central Alberta

O-Chiese, Samson Cree Nation, Barrhead, Drayton Valley, Alberta Beach and Wetaskawin had the highest crime rates in Central Alberta.

Southern Alberta

Claresholm, Flagstaff County, Castor, Stettler County, Stettler, and Cardston had the highest crime rates in Southern Alberta.  Generally this is the safest region of the province.

Grande Prairie and Peace River Region

High Prairie, Berwyn, Beaverlodge, Peace River, Northern Sunrise County and Valleyview had the highest crime in the Grande Prairie - Peace River Region.

Alberta Rockies

Ranking of Communities Across Alberta From 1 to 99

Ranking | Municipality| Crimes per 1,000 Residents| Region of Alberta

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Explanations About the Data

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 the top 100 locations with the highest number of crimes were included in this report. 38 other locations that are not in the top 100 count for total property crimes were also covered. 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 data is only available as recent as June. All other data is based on September 2022 information.

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.

These locations below are some of the locations we try to measure but they did not seem to have publicly available data about the reported crime rate.

Camrose, Caroline, Clive, Elnora, Foremost, Lloydminster, Newell County No. 4, Onion Lake Cree Nation.

We made a judgement call and added these areas into their parent municipality as these municipalities are no longer independent. Wabamun, Hythe, Grande Cache

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Darren Boyer

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