Crime Rates Falling in Canada

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Thunder Bay Police Service
Thunder Bay Police on scene of possible homicide

Thunder Bay Police are investigating the homicide on Lake Street
Thunder Bay Police investigating a homicide on Lake Street

Thunder Bay Crime Rates Follow National Trend

THUNDER BAY – Crime rates in Canada have been dropping for the past quarter century. Statistics Canada report, “The police-reported crime rate, which measures the overall volume of crime that came to the attention of police, continued a long-term decline in 2012, falling 3% from 2011. The Crime Severity Index (CSI), which measures the severity of crime, also decreased 3%.

Canadian Crime Rates 1962-2012 - Stats Canada Graphic
Canadian Crime Rates 1962-2012 – Stats Canada Graphic

The Stats Can report on crime rates, released in July states, “Canadian police services reported almost 2 million criminal incidents (excluding traffic) in 2012, about 36,000 fewer than in the previous year. After peaking in 1991, the police-reported crime rate has followed a downward trend, and, in 2012, reached its lowest level since 1972. The CSI was down 28% over the 10 years since 2002″.

The graph from 1962 through to 2012 show that crime rates since 1992 across Canada have been falling.

The overall crime rates in Thunder Bay have been falling too.

That however is likely not fully reflected in the minds of many in our city. 

September Crime Map Waterfront District

Crime Map Thunder Bay Waterfront District downtown
Crime Map Thunder Bay Waterfront District downtown

September Crime Map Fort William Business District

Crime Map for September in the Fort William Business District
Crime Map for September in the Fort William Business District

Thunder Bay has seen the overall crime statistics drop, however there is a perception that some of the incidents of crime are on the increase.

The facts are across Canada, crime rates are falling.

Perhaps where the issues are in many cases are that the property crime rates, and the issues that are impacting people are still fairly high.

Thunder Bay Police are doing an increasingly better job getting information out to the public, there can always be improvements. However over the past two years, the work being done is improving a great deal.

James Murray

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