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.

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.

Sources:

Crime Data Sources

  • Statistics Canada. 2018. Table 35-10-0184-01 Incident-based crime statistics, by detailed violations, police services in British Columbia. Statistics Canada database. Last updated July 23, 2018 (accessed July 23, 2018).
  • Statistics Canada. 2018. Table 35-10-0063-01 Crime severity index and weighted clearance rates, police services in British Columbia. Statistics Canada database. Last updated July 23, 2018 (accessed July 23, 2018).

Population Data Source

  • BC Stats, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, Province of British Columbia. Last updated February 2018.

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 provided by BC Stats may vary from those 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; and
    • 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.

Police Use-of-Force Data

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

The Police Firearm Discharges report presents a summary of police firearm-discharge incidents in B.C. between 2007 and 2016.

The Conducted Energy Weapon (CEWs) report presents a 10-year summary and trend analysis of intermediate-weapon use among police agencies in B.C. between 2007 and 2016.

The following tables present data collected annually pursuant to the British Columbia Provincial Policing Standards (BCPPS) on the use of Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs): 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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 2006 to 2016 were added to DataBC in 2018.

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

Police Resource Statistics

Police Resources in British Columbia (2016) 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.