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How Safe is Victoria, BC?

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

A Quick Overview

Victoria BC is a beautiful city with a lot to offer, but is it safe? Let's take a look at the crime rate, the emergency preparedness of the city and how the residents feel about their safety.

The crime rate in Victoria is relatively low compared to other cities in Canada. However, there has been an uptick in crime in recent years. There were 1,943 reported incidents of crime in 2016, which is a 7% increase from the previous year. A more recent article confirms that in 2022 Victoria's crime rate is considered to be low compared to other Major Canadian cities. This is based on Numbeo's 2022 global crime index which puts Victoria in the category of low crime with an index value of 36.67. According to Numbeo, crime rates can be categorized in the following way:

  • Very Low: crime levels lower than 20

  • Low: crime levels between 20 and 40

  • Moderate: crime levels between 40 and 60

  • High: crime rates between 60 and 80

  • Very High: crime rates higher than 80

To put this into perspective, here's how Victoria stacks up against a few of the other major cities in British Columbia:

Despite these numbers, it's also good to keep in mind that the most common types of crime are property crimes such as theft and vandalism. Violent crimes are relatively few and far between in Victoria, and most people find it to be a fairly safe place to live.

In terms of emergency preparedness, Victoria is well prepared for earthquakes and other disasters and has numerous earthquake-resistant buildings. The city has a comprehensive emergency plan that includes evacuation routes and shelters. Being the Capital of BC it is well equipped with the necessary resources and logistics to handle emergency management throughout the rest of the Province. Needless to say we are able to take care of concerns in our own backyard!


I am a Victoria based local realtor with eXp Realty. My commitment to honesty, integrity, loyalty and hard work have been important pillars for me because they drive a high standard of excellent service for my clients. Helping you realize your dream is my goal!

I service Vancouver Island, but my focus is on: Victoria, Sooke, Saanich, Malahat, Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill, Duncan, and the rest of the Cowichan Valley.



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