Crime is falling across Canada with the notable exception of its Northern territories and parts of the Maritimes. Statistics Canada says the police-reported crime rate per 100,000 population in 2012 was up by 1 percent Canada’s Northwest Yukon and the Northwest Territories and by 3 percent in the eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut, compared to a national decrease of 3 percent.
StatsCan analyst Warren Silver said the Yukon increase was largely due to minor crimes.
“When we looked at what was really driving the increase in Yukon, it was largely driven by a 10 percent increase in disturbing the peace violations,” he said. “In general, in the Yukon both the violent crime rate and the property crime rate decreased.”
Crime rates in Atlantic Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick were up by 4 percent last year. Nationally the crime rate is on a downward trend and last year hit the lowest level since 1972.
The Crime Severity Index, which measures the severity of crime, also dropped 3 percent nationally in 2012 but rose by 1 percent in all three territories.
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