Police examine the location of a suspicious dying in Dawson Metropolis in 2018. The Yukon Bureau of Statistics has launched a report analyzing police-reported crimes since 2011. (Cathie Archbould/Submitted file)
On Sept. 10, the Yukon Bureau of Statistics launched knowledge on police-reported crime within the territory.The 5 principal classes of crime reported are:
- violent prison code violations, which incorporates murder, sexual assault, and robberies;
- property crime;
- different prison code violations, which incorporates weapons violations, baby pornography, uttering threats;
- prison code site visitors violations, which incorporates impaired operation of motorized autos, harmful operation, and driving whereas prohibited; and
- federal statute violations, which incorporates all kinds of drug violations (possession and trafficking) in addition to the Firearms Act and the Quarantine Act.
The report is wealthy intimately. It contains share comparisons (per 100,000 inhabitants) with different jurisdictions and 10 years of precise incident numbers in Yukon by sort of violation and, in the back of the report, by neighborhood. All reporting is topic to annual variations as a result of small numbers of incidents. Over the time interval coated within the report (from 2011 to 2020), the Yukon’s inhabitants elevated by roughly 7,700 individuals, or by 22 per cent.
Violent Legal Code Violations
There was a complete of 20 homicides within the Yukon within the 10 years coated, however eight of them happened in 2017. The typical is likely to be two per yr, however not one of the years reported two homicides. No homicides occurred in 2020, however there have been three cases of tried homicide.
There have been 1,285 cases of assault which accounted for 60 per cent of all violent prison code violations. Collectively, uttering threats, harassing communications and prison harassment constituted 28 per cent, and all ranges of sexual assaults accounted for practically seven per cent of violent prison code violations in 2020.
This class, though excessive in comparison with different jurisdictions, appears comparatively secure over the 10-year interval, with latest 2020 decreases in theft and break and coming into. In the identical yr, fraud accounted for seven per cent of all property crimes, having elevated in 2020 by 20 per cent in comparison with 2019. However over the 10-year interval, incidents of fraud elevated a dramatic 275 per cent in comparison with 2011.
Different Legal Code Violations
The Yukon’s proportions of incidents on this class have been the best within the nation in every of the final 10 years, with solely the latest exceptions of the final three. Inside the class, YBS notes a big proportion of disturbing the peace violations at 64.5 per cent and administration of justice violations at 27 per cent. Weapons offenses have elevated, whereas unsafe storage of firearms stays regular.
The variety of precise cases of possession, accessing, making, or distribution of kid pornography has elevated dramatically within the final two years (although there have been small adjustments in knowledge reporting). Within the Yukon in 2018 there have been 6 incidents of possessing and making baby pornography, in 2018 there have been 17, and in 2020 there have been 15.
Firearms and incidents with different offensive weapons doubled between 2011 and 2020.
Legal code site visitors violations
In 2020, Yukon’s proportion of prison code site visitors violations at eight per cent was the third-highest in Canada following PEI and Quebec. Ninety per cent of incidents on this class have been attributable to impaired driving, whereas 10.5 per cent have been for harmful operation, evading police or driving whereas prohibited.
There have been 53 fewer incidents of prison site visitors violations in 2020 than in 2019, however that is was nonetheless a 125 per cent improve over 2011. Of the 785 impaired driving incidents in 2020, 85 per cent have been attributable to working whereas impaired on alcohol; seven per cent have been impaired on medication alone; and 5 per cent have been impaired by alcohol and medicines.
Federal Statues Violations
This class contains drug violations, possession, manufacturing, and trafficking. The legalization of marijuana dropped possession violations of hashish to zero. There have been 100 violations between 2011 to 2016. There have been 9 violations below the Hashish Act in 2020.
Cocaine trafficking elevated from 30 in 2011 to 185 in 2020, and heroin trafficking violations elevated from 0 to 10 over the identical time period.
Different federal statutes violations (Firearms Act, Customs Actor different federal statutes) remained comparatively fixed.
Yukon Rural RCMP Detachments
The report accommodates particular person knowledge from 13 communities with RCMP detachments by sort of violation and by yr. Small numbers with excessive variabilities make generalizations tough. Nonetheless, the info does clarify that the proportion of precise incidents is much less concentrated in Whitehorse than can be anticipated with Whitehorse house to roughly 80 per cent of the Yukon’s inhabitants.
Total, 68.8 per cent of all violations happened in Whitehorse. The determine is comparable for property crime violations, different prison code violations (weapons, harassment, threats), and federal statutes for drug violations. By comparability, solely 63 per cent of violent prison code violations in Yukon happened in Whitehorse.
The general adjustments between 2019 and 2020 by detachment areas, noticed a lower of 89 incidents, with the biggest share lower occurring in Haines Junction.
The report could be discovered on-line.
Contact Lawrie Crawford at [email protected]