I RECENTLY noticed a crime map in the newspaper, and I was surprised by what I saw. It showed 173 of the incidents in the city that the police responded to in the span of one week.

Of those 173 crimes, 80 were property crimes, meaning robbery or breaking and entering, 65 were quality of life crimes, meaning they relate to drugs or alcohol, and 28 were violent crimes, meaning assault, sexual assault, or violent robbery.

Why are there so many crimes in just a week? What about our city makes there be such elevated levels of robbery and drug use?

As well, many of the crimes are grouped on waterfront areas. Why are these areas crime hot-spots? Is there a connection between the city’s high homeless and poverty rates and the city’s crime rate?

There are many questions that this map has left me with, and the first step to solving the city’s crime problem may lie in answering these questions and solving the associated problems.

Benjamin Chorkawy

Thunder Bay

(Originally published April 17, 2019)

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