We know crime is on the rise in Sault Ste. Marie , or at least it feels like that. But when we’re ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the world, it’s something that is hard to be proud of.
According to Immigration News Canada, Sault Ste. Marie ranks as the 88th most dangerous city in the world.
This index quantifies the relative number and severity of crimes in different parts of Canada, giving a severity-weighted statistic.
The country-wide CSI measure has stabilized in recent years, dropping by 7% from 2019 to 2020, with a value of 73.1 in 2021.
8 Canadian cities are listed among the top 100 cities in the world, with highest crime index, according to the worldwide statistics database Numbeo.
As for all of Canada the Sault comes in at 7th place. According to Immigration News Canada ,
Aggravated assault and theft are issues that have been reported in the city keeping the city among world’s top 100 cities based on crime index of 59.2.
In addition, there is a prevalent threat of drug-related crimes such as drug use and dealing, as well as vandalism, which are causes for concern in the area says the organization.
Sudbury placed 5th on the list in Canada, but 79th on the World list.
Surrey, British Columbia: Surrey has an overall crime index of 63.8 with high rise in drug-related crimes such as possession with and without intent to distribute. This gives Surrey BC the number one spot for most dangerous city in Canada.
Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, continues to be one of the most dangerous cities in the world. It has earned this reputation due to its high crime rates and low safety scores.
Surrey, Lethbridge, Kelowna, Red Deer, Sudbury, Oshawa, Sault Ste. Marie, and Winnipeg are the most dangerous cities in Canada based on the Crime Index.
Another site, Travel Safe Abroad lists Sault Ste. Marie in the 6th place on their updated 2023 list. The article says, “While the local government disputes it, there’s no denying that crime has exploded in this small town of 72,051 over the past few years.” Travel Safe Abroad used data complied from various sites like Numero, US News and World Report, and Statistica to bring you a list of the top 10 most dangerous cities in Canada.
Sault Ste. Marie doubled in homicides from 2020 to 2021, going from 2 to 4.
The number of robberies rose by 37% over that time as well, going from 81 to 111.
Theft in the city also rose by 22% during that time. 2022 saw 2,225 thefts, including automobiles.
Though the city has some beautiful water rapids flowing through the St. Mary River, people should use caution when visiting.
Lock your vehicle and don’t leave any valuables inside.
Travel Safe is a site that allows travellers to check out the destinations before making holiday plans.
Is the Sault as bad as we’re being portrayed in these stats? Sault Ste. Marie Police services released its crime stats for the first three months of the year. It indicates for the month of January total break and enters are down 14.3% while in February that number was down 38.6% and March saw another decrease of 16.8% . As for robberies January saw an increase of 300 percent compared to January 2022. Assault was up 20 percent for the same month compared to 2022 . Bail violations were up 207% in the month of February.
Overall Sault Ste. Marie Police are kept more busy with motor vehicle collisions than crimes of violence according to the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service stats.