Hamilton's crime rate dropped 12 per cent in 2013: StatsCan

Hamilton's crime rate in 2013 fell by 12 per cent compared to the previous year, according to police-reported crime numbers released by Statistics Canada on Wednesday.

Volume and severity also down, according to Statistics Canada's annual report

Canada's crime rate has been dropping steadily since the early 1990s (CBC)

Hamilton's crime rate in 2013 fell by 12 per cent compared to the previous year, according to police-reported crime numbers released by Statistics Canada on Wednesday.

55- Hamilton's Crime Severity Index for 2013

Police reported 3,786 incidents per 100,000 population in 2013 in the Hamilton Census Metropolitain Area, which includes Burlington and Grimsby. That is slightly above the provincial rate of 3,678 but below the national rate of 5,190, according to the agency.

Nationwide, Canada's crime rate fell by eight per cent in 2013 compared to the previous year, continuing the long-term downward trend that began in the early 1990s, the agency said in its report.

Read more: Canada's crime rate continued downward trend in 2013

Across the country, police reported just over 1.8 million criminal incidents last year — a decline of approximately 132,000 from 2012.

In addition, the Crime Severity Index (CSI), which measures both the volume and the severity of crime, also fell by 10 per cent in 2013 in Hamilton. The city's rate of 55 is above the provincial average of 52.5,  but below the national average of 68.7.

Here are the CSIs of some nearby Ontario cities:

  • Brantford - 84
  • Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo - 57
  • St. Catharines-Niagara - 57
  • Toronto - 47
  •  Guelph - 43
  •  Barrie - 43 

Guelph and Barrie have the country's lowest crime index.

For the first time since the agency began calculating CSI, not a single metropolitan area reported an increase.

Despite a seven per cent drop, Regina has the highest CSI of any metropolitan area.

In 2013, most provinces and territories recorded a decrease in their CSI compared to 2012, a drop that Statistics Canada attributes to fewer breaking and entering incidents. Yukon and Newfoundland and Labrador, however, reported increases.

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