Violent crime in the Peterborough Census Metropolitan area shot up 20 per cent between 2015 and 2016, a report from Statistics Canada states.
The numbers were released Monday. The Peterborough census metropolitan area (CMA) includes Peterborough, Cavan Monaghan, Douro Dummer and Selwyn Townships, as well as Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations.
The report says Peterborough was one of 19 census metropolitan areas to report an increase. Ontario’s violent crime rate increased 7 per cent in 2016.
Earlier this year, Peterborough police released their own data indicating the rise in violent crime in the city. At the time, they said the violent crimes that reflected in the data were isolated incidents.
“People need to remember that overall Peterborough is still a very safe community,” said Staff Sgt. Neil Collins. “Nationally, our clearance rate is still very high in terms of solving these things.”