Lock up your condo and hide your car! Just in case this dark wet winter climate isn’t dismal enough, Vancouver is now the property crime capital of North America. According to a recent report break-ins happen here at a per-capita rate FOUR TIMES that of New York City.
Last year, Vancouver recorded more than 1,100 break-ins per 100,000 residents while New York City had just over 300.
The numbers are contained in the annual report by the B.C. Progress Board, which showed Vancouver had the second-highest combined violent and property crime rate among all major cities in Canada and the United States.
Its not all bad news though, we are a very healthy province:
Fewer British Columbians are obese and fewer adults smoke than in any other Canadian province. And B.C. leads the country in life expectancy.
But it’s in the area known as ‘social condition,’ which measures everything from poverty to birth weights, that B.C. falls down with a ninth-place ranking among the 10 provinces.
According to the report, the most troubling social indicator was the 17.5 percent of British Columbians living below the low-income threshold, the second-worst ranking in Canada.
The report also notes the situation has not improved at all during the past decade.