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Crime rates down across Canada

Winnipeg follows suit, but still has fourth-worst record

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Crime rates across the country continues its downward trend and Winnipeg and Manitoba are no exception.

Crime in Winnipeg was down three per cent in 2012 compared to the year before — exactly equal to the national decline — and the severity of crimes in this city was down five per cent according to Statistics Canada’s Crime Severity Index.

Nationally the severity of crimes committed was down by three per cent in 2012.

The national crime rate is now sitting at its lowest level in more than four decades.

Police-reported crime has been on a steady decline since peaking in 1991.

Manitoba had the second highest crime severity rate among the provinces next to Saskatchewan.

Last year in Manitoba there were 52 homicides (down three per cent), 22 attempted murders ( down 34 per cent) and 2,130 robberies down five per cent.

Winnipeg had the fourth worst crime rate and severity of crime in Canada in 2012 better only than Regina, Saskatoon and Kelowna.

Police services across the country reported nearly two million incidents involving criminal activity in 2012, roughly 36,000 fewer than in the previous year.

That brought the crime rate to its lowest level since 1972.

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