Abbotsford-Mission is no longer the murder capital of Canada, according to a Statistics Canada report released Wednesday. The city was listed as the murder hot spot for two years in a row during 2009 and 2010. 2011 recorded zero murders in the city.
The Abbotsford-Mission census metropolitan area (CMA) is no longer the deadliest region in the nation, according to the latest 2010 homicide figures.
Abbotsford had four murders recorded in 2010 for a homicide rate of 2.3 per 100,000 people.
Those figures are a drop from nine homicides in 2009 with a rate of 5.22, and eight deaths the year previous with a homicide rate of 4.7.
A number of Abbotsford’s 2010 murders are believed tied to drug and gang violence – as were the majority of the homicides in the community during the two previous years.
Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said the department believes there is a direct correlation between the drop in murders and the aggressive APD’s anti-gang initiatives which included a youth gang prevention program, a teen help line and its gang suppression unit.