StatsCan: Crime Keeps Falling in Country
Statistics Canada says the number of crimes committed was lower last year, but so was the severity of those criminal acts.
The agency says the police-reported Crime Severity Index fell by nine per cent in 2013, the tenth consecutive annual decline.
The index, which measures the volume and severity of crime based on average prison sentences handed down for convictions, was 36 per cent lower in 2013 than a decade earlier.
StatsCan says the traditional crime rate also declined last year compared with 2012 by eight per cent.
The national crime rate has been on a downward slide since the early 1990s, reaching its lowest level last year since 1969.
Canadian police services reported just over 1.8 million Criminal Code offences were committed in 2013, down approximately 132,000 from the previous year.
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