Wetaskiwin expected to move up on the list of Most Dangerous Places in Canada to top 5

Wetaskiwin Crime Severity Index rises

Maclean's magazine is set to release it's 2019 list of most dangerous places in Canada.

It's a list that saw Wetaskiwin finish 8th last time around but this year they're expected to hit the top 5 and move into first among Alberta communities.

Community safety has remained a top priority according to the city who say the annual Crime Severity Index has gone up because of some high profile violent offenses and a number of break-and-enters.

Wetaskiwin notes that despite moving up on the Macleans list there has been a decrease in crime overall in Wetaskiwin from 2017-2018.

Mayor Tyler Gandam says the ranking is disheartening but points that a high crime severity index does not automatically mean Wetaskiwin is not safe.

In the 2018 budget cycle, Wetaskiwin council allocated additional resources to the RCMP.

You can see the full list of the 2018 rankings by visiting https://bit.ly/2qvHqDB.  (JSL/THE ONE NEWS)

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