Halton Continues as Safest Large Municipality in Canada

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Halton Continues as Safest Large Municipality in Canada
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Chantal Corner

Chantal Corner

Sergeant Chantal Corner is the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Department. She grew up in Oakville and graduated from Loyola. She still resides in Oakville.

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On July 23rd, 2014, Statistics Canada released their annual report on crime in Canada. The report, “Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2013”, provides a detailed overview of crime statistics as reported by police services across the country in 2013.

According to the data released, Halton had:

  • The lowest Crime Severity Index of all municipalities in Canada with populations greater than 100,000 and the 13th lowest of all 304 reporting municipalities.
  • The lowest Violent Crime Severity Index of all municipalities in Canada with populations greater than 100,000 and the 19th lowest of all 304 reporting municipalities.
  • The lowest Non-Violent Crime Severity Index of all municipalities in Canada with populations greater than 100,000 and the 13th lowest of all 304 reporting municipalities.
  • The lowest overall crime rate and violent crime rate, and the 2nd lowest property crime rate, of the 12 largest municipalities in Ontario.
  • The lowest crime rate since Halton’s regionalization in 1974 (down 12.7% in 2013).

Halton’s lower index values are consistent with crime trends across Canada, as Statistics Canada reported that the Crime Severity Index had declined nationally by nine percent in 2013.

“These latest figures from Statistics Canada highlight the successful partnership between our Service and the community to prevent, deter and reduce crime,” said Chief Stephen Tanner.

Chief Tanner said that despite Halton’s low crime severity rate and declining overall crime rate, the Service is always working to further reduce the fear and incidence of crime in Halton. In particular, he cited traffic safety and enforcement, victimization of vulnerable populations, growth in illegal drug activity, human trafficking and domestic violence as particular areas of focus for the Service.

“Our Vision, ”To Be the Leader in Community Safety and Policing Excellence”, is the focus of our service delivery. Data released by Statistics Canada shows that we continue to be on the right path. We are the safest region in Canada, but we will continue to work to be even safer in the future than we already are today.”

Statistics Canada introduced the Crime Severity Index in 2009 as a measure of severity of crimes committed in Canada. Crimes are assigned “seriousness weights” which are determined by the number of people convicted of the crime who spend time in jail, and how much jail time those individuals serve. To calculate the Crime Severity Index, the number of incidents for each offence is multiplied by the weight of that offence.

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