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Canada's crime rate continued downward trend in 2013

07/23/2014 10:22 EDT | Updated 09/22/2014 05:59 EDT
Canada's crime rate fell by eight per cent over the previous year in 2013, according to police-reported crime numbers released today by Statistics Canada.

According to the report, police reported just over 1.8 million criminal incidents last year — a decline of approximately 132,000 from 2012.

Not only are the overall numbers lower, but the report reveals the volume and severity are also on a downward slide.

The Crime Severity Index (CSI) fell by nine per cent in 2013, a drop the report attributes to a similar decline in breaking and entering, and robbery.

Extortion, sex violations against children on rise

"Decreases in some of the less serious but very frequent offences, such as theft of $5,000 or under and mischief, also contributed to the drop," it stated.

Reports of some offences did go up last year, however, including extortion, child pornography, aggravated sexual assault, sexual violations against children and identity fraud.

"Of the sexual violations against children, luring a child via a computer showed the greatest increase, rising 30 per cent in 2013," the report notes, followed by sexual exploitation, which went up by 11 per cent.

"In contrast, invitation to sexual touching decreased per cent."

Most cities safer, says report

For the first time since the agency began calculating crime severity rates, not a single metropolitan area reported an increase.

"The CSI was unchanged in Edmonton, while it declined in all other CMAs," the report reveals, with the largest decrease being reported by Victoria, which fell by 17 per cent.

Even with a seven per cent drop, Regina still reported the highest CSI of any city, while the Ontario cities of Barrie and Guelph had the lowest.

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