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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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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.
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.
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.