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Criminologist Weighs in on Percentage Increase in Province’s Homicide Rate

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Newfoundland and Labrador will see the biggest year-over-year increases in homicide rates in 2021, largely because they were so low in numbers to begin with, criminologists at Memorial University say. increase.

Statistics Canada figures It shows 8 homicides in the state that year, mostly in the St. Johns area, a 100% increase over 2020.

Adrienne Peters, a criminologist and faculty member of the Sociology Department at Memorial University who just returned from the International Criminology Conference in Atlanta, says the state is still a very safe place to live. Nonetheless, she says murder rates should be something people, our governments, and communities monitor.

She says there are probably many factors, including lockdowns, pandemics, mental health and addiction.

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