Crime, Police, and Police Resource Statistics

B.C. Crime Trends and Statistics

British Columbia crime statistics are available in four web publications. These web publications contain information on the type and incidence of reported crime in B.C.

Caution should be used when using data on the number and rate of offences cleared (by charge or otherwise) and the number of persons charged for data prior to 2007. This data is being examined by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (CCJS) because there may be some discrepancies in these rates for some offence categories. Note that overall B.C. clearance rates will not change.

Note: The data contained in these publications may vary slightly from previous releases. The most current release reflects the most accurate and up-to-date data.

  1. Crime Statistics in British Columbia, 2015 (PDF)
    - Crime Statistics in British Columbia, 2015 (XLSX)
    Note: Policing and Security Branch did not produce the narrative detail in Crime Statistics in British Columbia, 2015 that has been typical of that publication. However, this document continues to present the data in table format for the reader.
  2. B.C. Crime Trends, 2016 - 2015 (PDF)
    - B.C. Crime Trends, 2006 - 2015 (XLSX)
  3. B.C. Policing Jurisdiction Crime Trends, 2006 - 2015 - B.C. Policing Jurisdiction Crime Trends, 2006 - 2015 (PDF)
    - B.C. Policing Jurisdiction Crime Trends, 2006 - 2015 (XLSX)
  4. Overview of Data Collection (PDF) (2015)

Sources:

Crime Data Sources

  • Statistics Canada. 2016. Table 252-0081 Incident-based crime statistics, by detailed violation and police service, British Columbia, annual, 1998 to 2015.  CANSIM database. Last updated July 19, 2016 (accessed August 4, 2016).
  • Statistics Canada. 2016. Table 252-0089 Crime severity index and weighted clearance rates, by police service, British Columbia, 1998 to 2015. CANSIM database. Last updated July 19, 2016 (accessed August 4, 2016).

Population Data Source

  • BC Stats, Ministry of Technology, Innovation & Citizens' Services, Province of British Columbia. Last updated March 2016.

Data Qualifiers

  • Total Criminal Code of Canada (CCC) counts exclude traffic offences.
  • Crime rates are calculated on the basis of 1,000 population; population estimates are provided by BC Stats.
  • Population estimates are provided by BC Stats and may vary from that provided by Statistics Canada.
  • Crime statistics publications are not comparable with publications released in other years for two reasons:
    • Population estimates provided by BC Stats are sometimes retroactively adjusted to reflect updated census boundaries according to current policing jurisdiction boundaries.
    • During the production of each year’s crime statistics, data from the previous year are revised to reflect any updates or changes that have been reported to Statistics Canada from individual police services.
  • The policing jurisdictions utilized in crime statistics reports published by Policing and Security Branch reflect operational policing in BC and may vary from those provided by Statistics Canada.
  • For a more comprehensive version of our data qualifiers, please see Overview of Crime Data Collection in British Columbia (PDF).

Police Use-of-Force Data

This table presents the first year of data collected under the requirements of the British Columbia Provincial Policing Standards (BCPPS) on the use of Police Service Dogs.

Justice System Open Data Initiative

Policing and Security Branch supports the Justice System Open Data Initiative by publishing datasets to DataBC. Crime and policing related datasets capturing data from 2005 to 2015 were added to DataBC in 2017.

Open Data Sources Definitions and Data Qualifiers (PDF) describes and qualifies the data sources and definitions used in the datasets.

Police Resource Statistics

Police Resources in British Columbia (PDF) (2015) contains information about policing costs, strengths and caseloads within the province. It also provides an overview of policing functions and responsibilities, a complete list of municipal, provincial and First Nations policing jurisdictions, and statistics about police resources.

Note: The data contained in this publication may vary slightly from previous releases. The most current release reflects the most accurate and up-to-date data.