The answer is both yes and no.
New Brunswick is not a dangerous place, but the city has seen its fair share of violence.
In fact, in 2020 there were 120 homicides or manslaughter charged committed in the city. This is not a huge number, but it’s still higher than many other cities that are larger in size such as Montreal or Calgary.
To put it in perspective, there were over 52,000 total violations in 2020 when it comes to crime in New Brunswick. The majority of the crimes were crimes against property followed by crimes against persons and criminal code violations.
This is a large uptick from 2016, where they were just 40,000 reported violations in the province.
Surprisingly, New Brunswick is becoming one of the most dangerous provinces and is well above the Canada average for violence and crime.
You can learn more about all of this information on the violations summary page of the New Brunswick government website.
There are some interesting statistics on Statista about the crime rate in New Brunswick.
Here are some steps to take to make sure you’re safe when you’re visiting New Brunswick:
- don’t walk alone if you can help it, especially if you’re a woman and you plan on walking around at night
- don’t wear anything expensive, especially in the busier areas at night
- make sure someone knows where you’re going before you leave
- don’t flash any valuables around
- You may also want to think about using a taxi instead of walking or biking when possible (at night on weekends)
On the other hand, New Brunswick is an extremely beautiful place with many cool places to explore. There are around 300 bodies of water in the province and 59 beaches (including dog friendly beaches) to visit.
It’s also a great place to go hiking, skiing and boating.
Whether you’re going on vacation, moving to New Brunswick, or just being a tourist, it’s best to stay safe and be aware of your surroundings so that you can enjoy your time in New Brunswick without any problems.