Canada’s crime rate is continuing its 20-year decline. On July 24, Statistics Canada released its measures of police-reported crimes for 2011, showing the rate of crime across the country is at its lowest point since 1972. The volume of crime fell six per cent from its 2010 level, which itself was down five per cent since 2009.
All of Canada’s 33 census metropolitan areas saw a decrease in the severity of crimes committed. In Calgary, the Crime Severity Index, which measures serious crime, dropped by 14 per cent.
2011, as with 2010, saw sharp increases in the number of police-reported incidents of child pornography *up 40 per cent; 900 more than in 2010). Statistics Canada’s analysis suggests this jump is likely due to the success of new police programs aimed at uncovering child pornography, rather than an astronomical increase in the crime itself.
It did not speculate on what drove the seven per cent increase in cannabis possession charges. Of the 113,100 recorded drug-related charges in Canada in 2011, 54 per cent of them were for the possession of cannabis.