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

Stellar Haze offers up ‘organic rock’ at Memorial Park

Trio hitting the stage for their first live performance this Friday

RCMP, ERT attending incident at Cheam First Nation

Few details are available about the incident, which saw more than a dozen police cars attend

Chiefs kick off exhibition pre-season stint at Hope Arena

Catch the Chilliwack Chiefs on the ice as they prepare for fresh season

Annual Peters family ball tournament draws a dozen teams to Hope ball diamonds

Recently upgraded field at the Schkam reserve the backdrop for this year’s event

Kent quarry opposition receives federal support

Green Party leader Elizabeth May wrote to the provincial government to oppose the quarry application

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

North Van music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

B.C. man on trial for daughters’ murders says an intruder broke in

Andrew Berry takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

‘Plenty of time for a deal’: Teachers’ union expects kids back in school on Sept. 3

BCTF says class size, composition at the heart of the issue

Most Read