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Crimes in Waterloo region more frequent and severe, stats show

Crime in Waterloo region is on the rise both in volume and severity, according to a new data from Statistics Canada.

Higher numbers driven by increase in fraud, break and enters in the region

Kitchener-Waterloo was among 7 provinces that saw a higher crime severity index last year. (Colin Butler/CBC)

Crime in Waterloo region is on the rise both in volume and severity, according to new data from Statistics Canada.

A report released this week on crime numbers across the country showed that Kitchener-Waterloo's crime severity index (a measure of the severity of reported crimes) went up by 2.69 per cent last year.

"You can actually have your total volume go down, but the seriousness of crime go up," Warren Silver, analyst with Statistics Canada told CBC Kitchener-Waterloo's The Morning Edition.

Silver said the increase in crime severity was driven, in part, by increases in fraud and break and enter cases.

He said this area was among seven provinces that saw a higher crime severity index last year.

Listen to the whole interview with Warren Silver:

Crime in the Waterloo region is getting worse. That's according to new numbers released by Statistics Canada this week. Warren Silver, an analyst with Statistics Canada, breaks down the numbers in this interview. 4:48

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