August 6, 2013Recently Statistics Canada released the results of their study of the 2012 crime severity statistics. The report focused on crime severity statistics for the 297 communities in Canada with populations of 10,000 or more residents. The Oak Bay results were encouraging as we continued to rank amongst the safest communities in Canada. Our total crime severity index was 264th of 297 communities in Canada. Our violent crime severity index ranking was 279th of 297 communities, and our non-violent crime severity ranking saw us place 248th of 297 Canadian communities that were included in the survey. The department’s clearance rate, which is a measure of how many criminal code investigations were solved in the previous year, increased by 5.8% over the previous year’s results. The Chair of the Oak Bay Police Board, Mayor Nils Jensen, was pleased with the results. Mayor Jensen said: ” The fact that Oak Bay continues to be one of the safest communities in Canada is a credit to the residents and to the community policing model that guides the operations of the Oak Bay Police Department.” Chief Mark Fisher stated: “I am encouraged by the improvement in our clearance rates and the number of crimes being solved. These results speak to the conscientious approach and follow-through that our officers put into their investigations. It is also indicative of the level of support we receive from the community when we conduct neighborhood enquiries and speak to residents about incidents in their neighborhoods.” – See more at: http://www.oakbay.ca/public-safety/police-department/news/oak-bay-ranked-one-canadas-safest-communities#sthash.dMzT3uHz.dpuf