StatsCan crime figures drop below 1972 levels


It may not feel like Canada is always the safest—particularly for Torontonians, many of whom are worried about a return to the summer of the gun—but Statistics Canada has different results.

Police-reported crime dropped 6 per cent last year in Canada, to its lowest level since 1972. In Toronto, the severity of crimes dropped 5 per cent in 2011 (admittedly, before the recent Danzig and Eaton Centre shootings). Guelph and Quebec City were the only cities with a lower crime severity index than Toronto.

Still, there were 86 murders recorded in the Toronto census metropolitan area in 2011. That’s up from just 80 the year before.

While most crimes declined—attempted murder, assaults, robberies—there was a 10 per cent increase in luring a child online, and a 40 per cent jump in child pornography. But StatsCan says that’s reflective of better police work, not more people accessing pornography.





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StatsCan crime figures drop below 1972 levels

  1. Figures don’t lie but liars figure. Every poll in this country or stats is politically motivated and the answer always comes out according to the politics of those who commissioned them. The CBC loves to do long progams on how bad the prisoners are treated with two to a cell. My God go on an exercise with the military and see how real conditions can be for those who protect the law not break it. The opposition will love this and will go on about the building of new prisons but in the same breath talk about law and order.

    • Never let facts get in the way of bigotry! Just keep going until you and your buddies drive the country into the ground. We never had a crime problem in Canada, until this government invented it to get the support of people like yourself.

      • You clearly have no understanding of the word “bigot”.

        • big·ot·ry [big-uh-tree]

          noun, plural big·ot·ries. 1. stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own. 2. the actions, beliefs, prejudices, etc., of a bigot.

          I think I do. Do you?

  2. “It is the stated position of the Canadian government that the facts stated in this article do not and could not exist in reality. All public policy choices are made accordingly”
    The Government of Canada/Gouvernement du Canada

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