Originally Posted by Andrewjm3D
When we stop worrying about what we consider to be high crime rates is when I might consider calling us naive.
Pardon? You lost me. The naivety comes from the completely false statement that Winnipeg has one of the worst crime rates in North America. Not from the fact that Winnipeg has a problem. I admit that. It may be nothing compared to any American city, but that doesn't mean it can't do better. I already said earlier that 1 homicide is too many in my books. However, that doesn't mean the citizens of Winnipeg can't step outside of their doors for fear of being hurt. To paint Winnipeg as Juarez - or even Detroit, for that matter - is nothing but naive, if not completely ignorant.
To put it into perspective, last year, Winnipeg's worst year in it's history (and an anomaly I assure you) it had a rate that was point something lower than New Yorks. While we were up in arms about our rate, New Yorkers were celebrating, yet again their lowest rate in decades, and also were considered one of the safest cities to live in the US.
Sadly, no. Winnipeg's murder rate exceeded the US average last year and is indeed more dangerous (on that measure) than MOST US cities. Huge issue that can't be swept under the rug.
That statement is false, ignorant, naive, stupid, and any other word that I can think of. I am sorry for the bluntness but as I said, I get very frustrated when people try to paint a picture of my home that isn't true. It gets tiring having to constantly tell people who don't live here, that no, Winnipeg is not dangerous. But when people spread crap like that, it's no wonder why.
When I was living in Guelph, I got into a downright argument with a woman who insisted - and I kid you not - that Winnipeg was the homicide capital of the world. We were sitting with 5-6 other people at lunch. Now how does that make Winnipeg look. Not many people are as enlightened as us when it comes to geography. You can argue that the people would know better, but the truth is most people don't.
So yeah, when it comes to crime, we are a bit naive. Canadians hear about Winnipeg and Toronto homicides on the news, and then automatically assume that we live in this horrific place that they should never go to. Most people don't take a look at the outside world like us enthusiasts do. And unlike Rusty Van Reddick's statement, mine isn't just belligerent speculation. It is the truth, whether you want to believe it or not.
New York (3rd lowest since recording began 50 years ago) 6.10/100 000
Winnipeg (Highest ever) 5.8/100 000
Juarez 145.41/100 000 (which is a major decline from previous years)