Tuesday, December 18, 2012

This just in!

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The North End  murder rate is down. This is no longer my gut feeling, I have real numbers.The CBC has been kind enough to post a map with all the murder stats from the last few years. Near as I can tell from CBC's slightly wonky interactive map* (and confirmed on this seemingly detailed website) so far there have been 29 murders in Winnipeg this year; number 29 which just happened over the weekend is not yet updated on either site. Of those 29 murders, guess how many happened in the notorious super scary North End??

Totally borrowed this image but I think they did too...


No matter how you write it, it's less than 15% of all the murders in this city this year. Even if you broaden the horizons of what is technically the North End, as the media tend to do (which you all know is my favourite) there were only 5 that the average suburbanite would consider the North End. Please note dodgy folk of the North End, this is not a challenge to up your game. For a little bit of context in 2011 there were 40 (although 41 according to Floyd Wiebe's website) and 15 of those which is 37.5%!

Also, the murder rate in Winnipeg seems on track to be less this year as well which is nice, and obviously I wish people would stop killing each other in general, but hey, if it's going to happen if it could be in a neighbourhood that isn't mine I'm a happy girl.

*If someone from CBC reads this, I had trouble when using the "table" function - it would let me me scroll down but then would bounce back up to the top instantly. Entirely possible of course that I am inept, however usually I can do stuff like that!


  1. That's good! I think. What about other crimes? Like, say, someone did not get murdered, but severely beaten? We tend to use death as the ultimate marker, which I guess makes sense. But, what about other violent, destructive crimes?

    1. I also feel fairly certain that crime is down overall in the North End - it's something I've been noticing throughout the year, fewer mentions by far this year. That said, as a lowly blogger who holds down two jobs I don't quite have the time to fully research that properly - so I did indeed take the "easy" way out since the murder statistics are obviously easier to comb through. Gut feeling says lower on all serious incidents.

  2. A good source for crime in general (separated by type-time-etc) is Winnipeg's website under the police department section. Every crime called into the police has been recorded and placed on a map. From threats, to Grand theft, all the way to Homicide, which happened to be defined by the type, such as: stabbing, burning, shooting etc.
    To speak on behalf of the North End, overall crime is still far worse than the rest of the city.

    If you place the time period from December 19th 2011 to December 19th 2011 to District 3 (North End and West K.) the map becomes overloaded because the processor can't keep up with the amount of crimes. In contrast, St. Boniface has only had a few dozen incidents of crime in the past year.


  3. That being said, I too have noticed a major reduction in crime in the North End. (Where I am from).