Halton Region maintains lowest Crime Severity Index for 13th year

Staff
September 27, 2018
By Staff
Halton Region has maintained its position of having the lowest Crime Severity Index of all Canadian municipalities with a population of 100,000 or more for the 13th straight year, according to Statistics Canada’s annual report on crime in Canada. The report, entitled, “Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2017”, provides a detailed overview of crime statistics as reported by police services across the country.

According to the data, released July 23, 2018, Halton Region:

• Has maintained its position of having the lowest Crime Severity Index of all Canadian municipalities with a population of 100,000 or more for the 13th straight year;
• Had the lowest Crime Severity Index (CSI) when compared to Ontario’s ‘Big 12’ police services;
• Had the lowest Violent Crime Severity Index when compared to Ontario’s ‘Big 12’ police services;
• Had the lowest Non-Violent Crime Severity Index when compared to Ontario’s ‘Big 12’ police services;
• Maintained the lowest values for each of these three indices for ten straight reporting years (2008 - 2017) when compared to Ontario’s ‘Big 12’ police services;
• Had the lowest overall crime rate, violent crime rate, and property crime rate amongst Ontario’s ‘Big 12’ police services; and
• Had the highest Weighted Clearance Rate* (51.7 per cent) of the same ‘Big 12’ and has maintained the lowest value for this index for four straight years (2014 – 2017).

“It is quite remarkable that the Region of Halton and the HRPS has maintained the lowest Crime Severity Index of all Canadian municipalities with a population over 100,000 (52 in total) for a 13th straight year,”said Halton Regional Police Chief Stephen Tanner in a news release.“This is clearly a testament to the work of our frontline officers and staff and to the support of the residents we serve. It is these partnerships and relationships coupled with our ongoing commitment to our Community Safety and Well-Being Plan that will keep Halton at the forefront of policing and as a leader in public safety in the years that lay ahead. As an organization we are committed to crime reduction and prevention and to investing in the appropriate resources and community supports to keep our region the very safest it can be.”

“The other CSI result that I am extremely proud of, in addition to the members of our service who make it possible, is the fact that since 2014 we have had the highest Clearance Rate based on the Crime Severity Index. Distilled down, this means that our officers (frontline and investigators) are consistently solving serious crimes. One of the most effective methods of crime prevention is enforcement, and we will continue to put those responsible for our most serious crimes before our courts and into our corrections system,” Tanner added.

“These results show the value of the growing commitment to community engagement between our community and our police, who are leaders in community policing,” said Halton Regional Police Services board chair Rob Burton. “Last year, Halton Region was the first regional municipality to launch a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan in partnership with HRPS, ensuring that our residents are afforded increasing opportunities to live, work, retire, and play where they feel safest.”

For a more in-depth explanation of how these statistics are reported, please visit: https://bit.ly/2zZOT5v and https://bit.ly/2LfrnGN.

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