The police-reported crime rate in 2011 dropped 6% from 2010 — the eighth year in a row it has fallen

. Since peaking in 1991, the crime rate is at its lowest point since 1972. Police also reported about 2 million o ences in 2011, almost 110,000 fewer than in 2010. The decline is mostly from drops in property o ences, theft under $5,000, mischief, break-ins and motor vehicle thefts

Crime on the decline
1991
There was a 7% increase in the homicide rate in Canada from 2010 – 2011

IN MINUTES

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2011 1,984,916
5,756 Rate per 100,000
population Total crimes

Overall crime rate
Measures the numbers of police-reported crimes

1962

Crime severity index
Over the past 10 years, the severity of reported crimes has decreased in all but one year (2003)
110 100 90 80 2001 2003

Measures the seriousness of police-reported crimes Crimes 100 = 2006

77.6

85.3

Violent crimes
2005 2007 2009 2011

Ontario had the lowest Crime Severity Index in 2011 (61.1); N.W.T. had Regina the highest had the highest (342.7) CSI in 2011 (124.5); Guelph, Ont. had the lowest (47.0), followed by Quebec, Toronto and Ottawa

4.0 3.5 3.0 2.5 2.0

Attempted murder and homicide rates
Rate per 100,000 population

Major assault and robbery rates
180 160 140 120 100 80 1981 1986 1991 1996 2001 2006 2011
Break due to data revisions

Break and enter and motor vehicle theft rates
1,600 1,400

Impaired driving and drug o ences rates
800 700 600 500

598 50,184 2,459 71,945 181,217 497,452
homicides reports of prostitution break and enters

In 2011, there were ...

assaults with a weapon or causing bodily harm

reports of uttering threats

Rate per 100,000 pop.

Rate per 100,000 pop.

Rate per 100,000 pop.

Attempted murder

1.7
Homicides

1.9

Major assault

155.6
Robbery

1,200 1,000 800 600 400

Break and enter

239 526

Impaired driving

261.8

3,774
102.1

thefts under $5,000 (non-motor-vehicle)

86.3

400 300 200 100

226.1
Cannabis Other drugs

Motor vehicle theft

620

forcible confinements or kidnappings

1.5 1981 1986 1991 1996 2001 2006 2011 Source: Statistics Canada

200 1981 1986 1991 1996 2001 2006 2011

0 1981 1986 1991 1996 2001 2006 2011

reports of counterfeiting

SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1; INFOGRAPHIC BY MEGAN DINNER/QMI AGENCY