KAWARTHA LAKES-The Lindsay area ranks in the top 12% of cities across Canada for incidents of sexual assault in 2018.
The numbers come from a yearly report on Canada’s Most Dangerous Places published by MacLean’s Magazine.
The report ranks communities according to the Crime Severity Index (CSI), a Statistics Canada measure of all police-reported crime, which takes into consideration both the volume and seriousness of offences. The 2018 data, the most current available, was released July 23, 2019.
According to numbers provided by the Kawartha Lakes Police Service (who police only the Lindsay area), the Lindsay area is 28th out of 237 cities when it comes to the number of sexual assaults. There were 38 incidents of sexual assault investigated by police in 2018. That’s 136.26 incidents per 100,000 population. That is much higher that the Canadian average which is 75.89.
The rate of assaults is also slightly higher than the national average in Kawartha Lakes. Police say there were 160 assaults in 2018. That’s 537.72 per 100,000 population. The national average is 457.01.
The overal Crime Severity Index in Kawartha Lakes in below the national average according to the report at 73. Nationally the number sits at 75, putting the Lindsay area in the middle of the pack out of 273 cities. The Lindsay area sits above Peterborough overall as one of the most dangerous cities in Canada sitting at 102 in terms of all crime. Peterborough is 145th.
The report shows Kawartha Lakes is slightly below the national average in terms of drug trafficking or production.
North Battleford Saskatchewan was the most dangerous place in Canada overall in 2018 according to the report.
For a full look at the numbers click here: https://www.macleans.ca/canadas-most-dangerous-places-2020/?fbclid=IwAR2hjTy2ph7Cg_O8fqHl4krnXkZB5XCg25RjfLNJ-watEseMi6gyEmsnN98