We’re killing each other less than we used to


The murder rate fell again in 2010

In 2010, police reported 554 homicides in Canada, 56 fewer than the year before. This decline follows a decade of relative stability. The homicide rate fell to 1.62 for every 100,000 population, its lowest level since 1966.

Firearms-related and gang-related homicides declined. The number of homicides by intimate partners (including spouses) was stable.


We’re killing each other less than we used to

  1. Don’t worry, Minister Vic Towes has told us that he’s already working on this issue but that “We believe that eventually the crime rate will continue to proceed in the right direction.”

  2. Is it less violence or better paramedics?
    Less deaths does not mean less violence…

    But, to be clear, I do hope it is less violence!

  3. Steve Pinker ~ Why Violence Is Vanishing:

    On the day this article appears, you will read about a shocking act of violence. Somewhere in the world there will be a terrorist bombing, a senseless murder, a bloody insurrection. It’s impossible to learn about these catastrophes without thinking, “What is the world coming to?”

    But a better question may be, “How bad was the world in the past?”

    Believe it or not, the world of the past was much worse. Violence has been in decline for thousands of years, and today we may be living in the most peaceable era in the existence of our species.

    The decline, to be sure, has not been smooth. It has not brought violence down to zero, and it is not guaranteed to continue. But it is a persistent historical development, visible on scales from millennia to years, from the waging of wars to the spanking of children.

    This claim, I know, invites skepticism, incredulity, and sometimes anger. We tend to estimate the probability of an event from the ease with which we can recall examples, and scenes of carnage are more likely to be beamed into our homes and burned into our memories than footage of people dying of old age. There will always be enough violent deaths to fill the evening news, so people’s impressions of violence will be disconnected from its actual likelihood.


  4. But this is just the reported crime, and we all know that the unreported crime is increasing because … well, just because. 

    • Toronto Sun ~ Oct 2010:

      Last week, Statistics Canada released its latest figures on unreported crime, based on crime victimization data compiled for the General Social Survey (GSS), a scientific poll of 19,500 Canadians over the age of 15, conducted once every five years.

      The numbers confirm exactly what Day said.

      Unreported crime in Canada is increasing at an “alarming,” or, if you prefer, a statistically significant rate.

      The GSS estimates in 2009, only 31% of crimes were reported to police, part of a steady drop since 1999, when 37% were reported. (In 2004, it was 34%.)

      Only an estimated 29% of violent crimes such as sexual assault, robbery and physical assault were reported in 2009, a level Statistics Canada describes as stable since 1999, when it was 31%.

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