Statistics Canada released data of crimes in 2018 showing there is an increase despite the decline in a few other offenses. One of the most notable increases according to a shoplifting lawyer is the cases of shoplifting not just in Calgary but also the rest of the country.
For the province of Calgary alone, the cases of shoplifting regardless if the cost of the item is below or above $5,000 has increased by 23 per cent in just a span of 12 months. For 2017, there are 17,673 cases but it has risen to 21,802 in 2018 based on the calculations of the Statistics Canada. The calculation is referred to as the Crime Severity Index which is used to measure the volumes of crimes reported to the police as well as its severity.
For the past five years, the prices of oil has reached rock bottom which resulted to a recession in the economy of the province. During this time, the number of shoplifting cases has increased by 82 per cent as per the CSI.
Shoplifting cases in Calgary has increased in a steady manner at 62 per cent starting at 3,715 in 2014 increasing in 2018 to 6,012. Comparing the data between 2017 and 2018 alone, the increase reached 30 per cent. This is the reason why the crime severity index has increased by five per cent for the past two years.
The crime rate of the city was found at 6,176 for every 100,000. This shows an increase of nine per cent since 2017. The upside is that the city has lower cases of homicides compared to the years prior.
For Calgary, the homicide cases in 2017 were recorded at 29 while in 2018 there were only 18 cases. This is the lowest recorded for the last five years. This decline is also evident for the entire province.
The same cannot be said for shoplifting as echoed by a shoplifting lawyer who saw an increase in shoplifting cases. For the entire country, the increase has reached 42 per cent especially in places like Alberta, Ontario and Manitoba.