Saskatchewan

Crime down in Regina

Crime in Regina was down its lowest level in a decade in the first six months of the year, according to Regina Police Service crime statistics.
Crime has been steadily dropping in Regina over the past decade. (CBC)
Crime in Regina was down its lowest level in a decade in the first six months of the year, according to Regina Police Service crime statistics.

From Jan. 1 to June 30, 10,158 crimes were reported, compared to 11,240 over the same period last year.

That's a one-year drop of about 10 per cent. Over the past decade, the rate has dropped more than 40 per cent.

While crimes against the person are down somewhat, the main source of the drop is plummeting numbers of crimes against property.

For example, 1,374 motor vehicle thefts were reported in the first six months of 2003, but this year, only 430 have been reported.

Not everything is down. Drugs charges are up this year compared to 2010. So are traffic tickets and traffic violations like speeding and dangerous driving.

The report that will be going to Wednesday's Board of Police Commissioners meeting doesn't explain the overall drop. It notes that the city population was estimated to be 187,429 in 2002 and increased by about 5 per cent to 197,426 by 2010.

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