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Crime in Canada 2

I came across some interesting facts about crime in Canada compared to the United States and the rest of the world. To read the detailed information, click here

  • Canada has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. It has been declining for decades. In 2002, Canada showed the lowest crime rate in twenty-five years with 7,590 reported incidents per 100,000 people.
  • Newfoundland is the province with the lowest crime rate.
  • Saskatchewan has the highest crime rate with Regina being the city with the highest violent crime rate of major cities
  • … compared to the United States

  • Through the 1990s, the homicide rate in the United States was three times higher than it was in Canada, while the American rate for aggravated assault was double the Canadian rate. The rate for robberies was 65% higher in the United States.
  • Canada has a higher rate of motor vehicle and bicycle theft and arson than the United States, which may be connected to Canadians being more likely to report property crimes to police than Americans
  • … drug related

  • Canada has a similar rate of drug use to the United States
  • The United States has about triple the per capita number of arrests for drug related crimes. (Due to the U.S. law enforcement’s war on drugs).
  • Guns

  • Only one third of Canadian murders involve firearms compared to two thirds in the States.
  • More assault weapons are banned in Canada than the United States.
  • Police

  • Canada has 182 police officers per 100,000 people.
  • The United States has 243 per 100,000 and Germany 290.
  • Punishment

  • Sentences, especially for drug related crimes are vastly lower than sentences in the United States.
  • In 2001, Canada had about 32,000 people in prison or about 0.13% of the population.
  • In the United States about 0.70% of the population is incarcerated and the European average is 0.2% with France and Germany having lower rates than Canada

    2 thoughts on “Crime in Canada

    1. Egan May 9,2005 5:41 pm

      I’m moving to Canada. I have always dreamed about living north of the 49th parallel, now I can resist. I think Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City are great cities from my own personal experiences. Make room Canada for two “closet Canadians”.

    2. n.v. May 9,2005 7:23 pm

      Are you really, Egan?

      Jim, you’re criminally funny.

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