Government of New Brunswick

Police-reported crime in New Brunswick, as measured by the Crime Severity Index (CSI), increased by 3% from 80.27 in 2019 to 82.82 in 2020 and is 35% higher than what it was 5 years ago. New Brunswick’s CSI has been the highest of the Atlantic provinces for four consecutive years and, is also 13% higher than the CSI in Canada that stands at 73.44.

The total Police Reported Crime Rate decreased by 1% in 2020 for Criminal Code Violations excluding Traffic Violations. New Brunswick saw some fluctuations in the types of reported crimes, and COVID-19 may have played a role in this.

The following police-reported incidents contributed to the increase in New Brunswick’s CSI and crime rate:

  • Dangerous operation of vehicle - evading policing: +194%
  • Trafficking of crystal meth: +80%
  • Dangerous operation of vehicle - other: +42%
  • Total fraud: + 37%
  • Possession of crystal meth: +30%
  • Weapons violation (offensive, illegal trafficking and possession): +27%
  • Indecent and harassing communication: +24%

Police reported crimes that decreased included:

  • Other Administration of Justice(such as failure to comply with an order and to appear, and breach of probation): -26%
  • Theft under 5k: -22%
  • Robbery: - 20%
  • Breaking & entering: - 16%
  • Murder/Manslaughter: - 22%
  • Impaired driving: - 8%