Statistics Canada Reports Crime Rate Lowest Level in 40 Years!

14 Oct, 2012

The rate of crimes reported to Canadian police forces reached its lowest level in 40 years in 2011, Statistics Canada reported at the end of July 2012.

The government agency says there were about two million incidents reported to police last year, about 110,000 fewer than in 2010.

The severity of crime index, a tool used to measure the extent of serious crime in Canada, also dropped by six per cent.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, who has been heavily criticized for his tough-on-crime agenda despite the year-after-year evidence that shows crime rates lowering in Canada, said the latest report suggests the government’s policies are working.

The Conservatives’ latest omnibus crime bill received Royal Assent in March 2012, meaning it would not affect the most recent Statistics Canada report.

StatsCan says both the crime rate and the severity index declined or remained stable in regions throughout the country.

Decreases were reported in several major categories, including attempted murder, major assaults, sexual assaults, robberies, break-ins and motor vehicle thefts.

  • Regina, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg have highest city crime rate
  • Guelph, Quebec City, Toronto, Ottawa have the lowest crime rate by city
  • Nunavut, N.W.T., the Yukon have highest province/territory crime rate
  • Ontario, N.B. and P.E.I. have lowest crime rates by province/territory
  • There were 44 more homicides in 2011 in Canada than in 2010
  • Since 1991, rate of males charged with violent crime has dropped by 32%
  • Since 1991, rate of women charged with violent crime has risen 34%

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