The province’s most recent crime stats have been released, including individual stats for each community. (File photo).

Crime rates rising in Hope, according to new statistics

Crime increased more than 10 per cent from 2017 to 2018, says Statistics Canada

Crime is on the rise in Hope but charges aren’t, according to the most recent data available from the RCMP.

Statistics Canada recently released crime rates and related stats for every city in the province of B.C. It shows that while the number of incidents rose from 2017 to 2018, the number of people charged actually dropped.

Hope is broken into two categories — like many other cities around the province — rural and municipal.

Within the municipality, there were 1,315 incidents reported in Hope in 2018, the highest it’s been in the five years shown in the data. That’s more than a 10 per cent increase over 2017, which saw 1,196 incidents. Five years ago, that number was 877.

The stats show there has been a drastic drop in the number of people being charged over the past five years. In 2014, 175 people were charged. But in 2018, that number plummeted to 101. Two of those charged were youth.

And in rural areas of Hope, a similar pattern is shown. Reported incidents of crime have risen steadily since 2014 when it was at 187. In 2018, the number rose to 273.

The total number of people charged in rural Hope was 48 in 2018, the lowest number in five years. Again, two of those charged were youth.

Just Posted

Rambo fever descends on Hope

Hope Cinema packed for special screening

Liberal candidate Jati Sidhu backs out of four interview appointments with The News

Jati Sidhu, the Liberal incumbent in Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, said he was too busy to talk

Chilliwack maternity ward gets bundle of new equipment

Breast pumps, small fridges for patient rooms and freezer for donor breast milk given to hospital

Advance voting in 2019 federal election begins

Voting at advance polling stations has become a popular choice in Canada over the years

Hotel tax approved for Hope area accommodations

New two per cent hotel tax comes directly from room stays

VIDEO: #MeToo leader launches new hashtag to mobilize U.S. voters

Tarana Burke hopes to prompt moderators to ask about sexual violence at next debate

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

B.C. massage therapist reprimanded, fined for exposing patients’ breasts

Registered massage therapist admits professional misconduct

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

Rugby Canada helps recovery efforts in Japan after typhoon cancels final match

Canadian players wanted to “give back in whatever small way they could”

$100,000 reward for B.C. gangster extended to United States

Police belive fugitive Conor D’Monte may be in the Los Angeles area

Emily Carr University closed Sunday after fire causes some damage

The school is working with Vancouver police to assist their investigation into the fire

Alberta to join B.C.’s class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

B.C. government claims opioids were falsely marketed as less addictive than other pain meds

Most Read