As crime increases across Canada, New Brunswick sole province where rates drop

 By Hina Alam THE CANADIAN PRESS FREDERICTON- New Brunswick was the only province in Canada to record fewer police-reported crimes in 2022 compared with the prior year, data from Statistics Canada show. The agency’s crime severity index, a measure that includes violations of the Criminal Code and other federal statutes, rose by four per cent across Canada in 2022. Manitoba recorded the biggest increase, with 14 per cent, followed by Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island, all with jumps of six per cent. But New Brunswick bucked the national trend, with a crime severity index dropping by two per cent in 2022 compared with 2021. Neil Boyd, professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University’s school of criminology, said there needs to be a closer look at what would insulate…

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