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Crime Rates

“Decrease overall crime rates by 5% annually over the previous five-year average” measures success in increasing public safety in our homes, on our streets, and in our overall community.

How are we doing?

In 2016, there were 9,806 total Saskatoon criminal code violations (excluding traffic violations) per 100,000 population. Saskatoon's total criminal code violations (excluding traffic violations) per 100,000 population has increased 5.8% in 2016 compared to the last five-year average (2012-2016).

Data Table
Total Saskatoon Criminal Code Violations (excluding traffic) per 100,000 population
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Other Crime 9548 8525 8604 7854 7366 7787 7810 8505    
Violent Crime 1978 1977 1818 1616 1459 1422 1331 1301    
Targeted Annual Decrease                 8806 8366

How are other cities doing?

Crime rates in all Western Canadian cities increased in 2016. Although, Saskatoon and Regina continue to have the highest crime rates per capita of all Western Canadian cities.


2016 Crime Rates Relative to the Previous 5-Year Average

Calgary    Edmonton    Regina    Winnipeg   
12.8% 16.0% 9.5% 5.8%


What do we need to do to achieve this target?
  • The Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) is decreasing crime as one of four priority areas in their 2015–2019 Business Plan to create a safe and secure community.  Reducing robberies, thefts, and mischief will be emphasized to reduce overall crime.

What are the benefits of achieving the target?

Less crime means fewer victims and an increase in the sense of public safety. Less crime reduces costs associated with the following:

  • Stolen and damaged property
  • Medical system usage due to drug use and violent crime
  • Criminal justice costs for courts, prosecution, prisons, etc.
  • Productivity losses including lost wages
  • Intangible costs including pain and suffering 

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