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Multi-Cultural Winterfest – February 18, 2017

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While violent crime saw significant increases by percentage, Police Chief Rick Hiebert says the data is skewed by two or three criminals.

Since 2012 there has only been one or two violent crimes per year. In 2014 there were none.

However in 2016 that number jumped to five, including one manslaughter, four counts of robbery, one with a firearm.

"It really only means you had a couple of people lose control, two or three more than previous years," Hiebert says. "When you look at it from that angle it's not as bad."

However, he says serious crimes, no matter how few, have an impact.

"Everybody would like to see those numbers at zero, one manslaughter is one too many," he says. "Violent crime can affect families and people in a dramatic way, so even if the number is one or two, it's not healthy."

In 2016 Break and Enters at a Residence, another stat Hiebert watches closely, rose to 43 from 34 the previous year.

"Somebody violates your space in your home... while you're either at home sleeping or away can be a very traumatic experience for families," he says.

However, it's another number that can be misleading. He notes over half are actually break-ins to an attached garage.

"It's still not comforting to know someone was in your garage," Hiebert says. "But from my point of view it's different than if someone was in your house."

While 43 B&Es seem like a lot, Hiebert notes larger centres like Winnipeg see as many on an average night.

Overall, criminal code offences continued the jump in numbers witnessed in 2015. Total offences reported reached 939 last year compared to 1007 in 2015.

In 2014 that number was 665.

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