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Canada’s most dangerous cities: breaking and entering

The lakeside city of Belleville, Ont.—population 50,000—had the highest rate of breaking and entering in Canada for 2010

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Most likely to have your home broken intoBelleville, Ontario

The lakeside city of Belleville, Ont.—population 50,000—had the highest rate of breaking and entering in Canada for 2010. Given the horrid crime spree of theft and murder by former colonel Russell Williams, one might suspect the city experienced a statistical blip. But while Williams committed more than 80 break-ins, only two of them were handled by Belleville police. That means break-ins were already a severe problem. To tackle such crimes, police created the Project Recover task force late last year, says Sgt. Julie Forestell. Since then, she says, the rate of break-ins has declined. “We’ve done something right,” she says. “The response was appropriate and ongoing.” The evidence of that, of course, will be in 2011’s statistics.

Worst cities (% higher than national average)

1. Belleville, Ont. (102%)

2. Prince George, B.C. (89%)

3. Langley Township, B.C. (76%)

4. Chilliwack, B.C. (72%)

5. Kelowna, B.C. (68%)

Best cities (% lower than national average)

1. South Simcoe, Ont. (66%)

2. Caledon, Ont. (65%)

3. York Region, Ont. (58%)

4. Halton Region, Ont. (57%)

5. Durham Region, Ont. (51%)