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Unreported Crime Rate Rising

At the end of September Statistics Canada released a report indicating that the amount of crimes going unreported in Canada is increasing. The report indicated that in 2009 only 31% of Canadians who were victims of crime ended up reporting that crime to the police. That number is down from 34% in 2004 and 40% in 1999. According to the report fewer Canadians are going to the authorities because they feel the police cannot do anything about it. The majority of these unreported crimes dealt with either property damage or theft.

These statistics are interesting for a few reasons. First of all it seems to directly contradict the statements many Canadian politicians are making with regard to the dropping crime rate in Canada. There is an argument that could be made that the crime rate is staying the same or growing, it is merely the amount of crimes that are actually reported that is decreasing. The second interesting point that this Statistics Canada report brings out is the fact that many Canadians feel that if they report a crime to the police nothing will happen. This is an alarming statistic that says a lot about the confidence Canadians have in the police force.

It can be inferred from this report that the crime rate in Canada is actually increasing and that Canadians do not feel that the police can do anything about it. There has never been a better time to invest in a security surveillance system for your business or home. The vast majority of crimes that go unreported in Canada are property damage and theft. With a security surveillance system you can deter potential criminals from engaging in theft or property damage by threatening to catch them in action. Even if criminals persist despite the presence of cameras the video recording will give the police a great head start toward catching those responsible. There is no greater threat to a criminal then having their image directly tie them to a time and place where a crime occurred. There has never been a better time to equip yourself with the security equipment you need to keep your family or business safe. For more information on security surveillance equipment visit the SafeTech website.

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What Criminals Steal

A Home Office research team in Britain conducted a burglary crime study to determine what criminals are most likely to steal.  The results showed which items were most frequently taken from residential burglaries.

Purses, wallets and cash were stolen most often.  In 46% percent of all burglaries, these were the items taken.  The second most stolen items are electronics such as cameras, MP3 players and DVD players.  Burglars stole these items 36% of the time.

Computers and computer equipment was the next most popular and the choice of 29% of burglars.  Jewellery and cellular phones came next, having been stolen in 23% and 19% of robberies.

The study also showed when burglars chose to break into homes.  69% of burglaries and 70% of attempted burglaries took place during the week.  Burglars struck in the morning or afternoon in 41% of cases and in the evening or overnight 59% of the time.

Most criminals look for an empty home and they do not want to be noticed when they strike.  This is why most of their attacks happen during the week or after it’s dark.

Excellent ways to stop burglars from robbing your home include installing motion-activated lights outside and placing security cameras in strategic locations.
This will show potential burglars that they will be noticed if they attempt to break into your home and cause them to think twice before attempting to do so.

Property Crime in America Costs Over $17 Billion Per Year

According to statistics released by the FBI, property crime cost an estimated $17.2 billion dollars in losses in 2008. The statistics, released as part of the FBI’s Crime In The United States publication, show the costly damage of property crime.

Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. There were approximately 9,767,915 property crimes in the United States in 2008. There was, however, a 5.3 percent drop in property crime between 2004 and 2008.

Burglary accounted for 22.7 percent of all property crime. There were an estimated 2,222,196 burglaries in 2008, up 2 percent from 2007.

There were 3.6 percent more burglaries in 2008 than in 2004 and 5.8 percent more than in 1999. 61.2 percent of all burglaries in 2008 involved forcible entry.

Far more residential properties were broken into than commercial properties. 70.3 percent of all burglaries were residential.

Unreported Crime Skews Statistics

Statistics Canada’s police-reported crime statistics show Canada’s crime rate falling each year.

However, these numbers only tell part of the story. Unfortunately, many crimes are not reported to police. A 2004 Criminal Victimization Study conducted by Stats Canada shows that 53 percent of robberies are not reported to police. The study also found that theft of household property was up 42 percent between 2000 and 2004.

In many cases, victims do not report crimes out of fear or because they feel the crime is too trivial to report.

Some feel that law enforcement will not be able to catch the criminal and thus there is no point in reporting the crime.

Data from the United States presents similar findings. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that only about 40 percent of property crimes were reported to the police in 2008.

Only 33 percent of violent crimes are reported in Canada whereas about half of all violent crimes are reported in the United States.

Canadian Crime Drops in Past Decade, Still Up From 1960s and 70s

This summer, Statistics Canada released stats for police-reported crime in 2009. Crime is once again down, falling 3% between 2008 and 2009 and 17% between 1999 and 2009.

The highest crime rates in the country are in the western provinces and northern territories. The only crime increases came in Manitoba and Nunavut. Nunavut had the highest crime severity index ranking in the country and the highest violent crime ranking as well. Prince Edward Island was the safest province in the country.

In terms of metropolitan areas, Regina, Saskatchewan is the most dangerous region in the country followed by Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Guelph, Ontario, Quebec City, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario are the safest.

The national crime rate reached a peak in the late 1980s/early 1990s and the current rate is similar to the late 1970s. However, the crime rate from 1962 to 1972 was much lower than it is today. Canada’s crime rate was 131% higher in 2009 than in 1962, when Statistics Canada first started keeping records.

So while the good news is that crime continues to fall, it’s obvious that we have a long road ahead of us.

Did You Know? – Toronto Crime Severity

Toronto has the 3rd lowest Crime Severity Index rating among metropolitan areas in Canada? Only Guelph and Quebec City are lower. (Source: Stats Canada)

Are Unreported Crimes On The Rise?

After the recent release of Stats Canada’s crime statistics, it looks like crime in Canada is decreasing. However, the idea that many Canadians are not reporting crimes to police has recently been in the news a great deal.

It started when Treasury Board President Stockwell Day stated that “People simply aren’t reporting the same way they used to.”

“We’re very concerned . . . about the increase in the amount of unreported crimes that surveys clearly show are happening,” said Day.

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