Port Alberni has been ranked #18 on the list of most dangerous cities in Canada, according to a report by Macleans.
The report features a comprehensive statistical analysis of criminal activity across the country, and sorts cities according to instances of crime per capita.
Port Alberni is the highest-ranked Vancouver Island city on the list, with high rates of impaired driving, youth crime, and fraud.
Maclean’s also notes the city has a large problem with breaking and entering and assault. The rates of both crimes are double the national average.
Victoria / Esquimalt ranks at #38 on the list, and Vancouver comes in at #44.
Victoria has a below average homicide rate but its assault rate also sits at double the national average.
Vancouver’s assault rate sits just above the national average, but the city has a high robbery and breaking and entering rate.
The most dangerous city in regards to all crime, per Maclean’s report, was North Battleford, Saskatchewan.
When ranking for violent crime only, Thompson, Manitoba, topped the list.
Port Alberni was most notably in the news this year after two of its residents went on a cross-Canada murder spree.
Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod murdered three people and evaded police for several weeks, starting in B.C. before being found dead in Manitoba.
The manhunt for McLeod and Schmegelsky lasted over two weeks and employed over 160 police officers.
With files from Brishti Basu