Halton Continues to Have The Lowest Crime Severity Index of all Large Municipalities in Canada

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Halton Continues to Have The Lowest Crime Severity Index of all Large Municipalities 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 22nd, 2015, Statistics Canada released their annual report on crime in Canada. The report, “Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2014”, provides a detailed overview of crime statistics as reported by police services across the country in 2014.

According to the data released, Halton had:

  1. The lowest Crime Severity Index of all municipalities in Canada with populations greater than 100,000 and the 15th lowest of all 303 reporting municipalities (municipalities with populations in excess of 10,000).
  2. The lowest Violent Crime Severity Index of all municipalities in Canada with populations greater than 100,000 and the 19th lowest of all 303 reporting municipalities.
  3. The lowest Non-Violent Crime Severity Index of all municipalities in Canada with populations greater than 100,000 and the 15th lowest of all 303 reporting municipalities.
  4. The lowest overall crime rate, violent crime rate, and property crime rate, of the 12 largest municipalities in Ontario.
  5. The lowest crime rate since Halton’s regionalization in 1974 (down 7.9% in 2014).

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 three percent in 2014.

“While we have further reduced crime, to the lowest level since 1974, we have also continued to further increase our clearance rates of crimes across the region,” said Chief Stephen Tanner “Our clearance rates increased a further 3% in 2014 to 47.1%, and from a weighted crime severity index clearance rate perspective, this is one of the highest in the province. In addition, so far in 2015, we are already ahead of 2014.”

Chief Tanner said “Our vision is to be THE Leader in community safety and policing excellence and by working closely with those we serve, we have continued to be just that. Once again, the Region of Halton can be very proud of the fact that we have the lowest crime severity index of all municipalities across Canada with a population over 100,000. In fact, in 2014, we had the 15th lowest crime severity of 303 municipalities of all sizes”

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the men and women of the Halton Regional Police Service, both civilian and sworn, and the citizens who we serve for making this tremendous record possible, and ultimately for making the Region of Halton the safest that it can be.” Chief Tanner

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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