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Winnipeg's decline in crime rate well ahead of national average

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There were 16 per cent fewer crimes committed in Winnipeg, according to Statistics Canada.

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A Statistics Canada release today puts an exclamation mark on what Winnipeg police said only a day before - there’s been a significant drop in the city’s crime rate.

In fact, there’s been a decline in the crimes rates and severity of crimes in the city and also in Manitoba.

There were 16 per cent fewer crimes committed in Winnipeg, down to 5,368 per 100,000 people. That’s well ahead of an eight per cent decline in the Canadian crime rate.

In Winnipeg, there was a six per cent decrease in sexual assaults, a 28 per cent decrease in robberies and a 15 per drop in break and enters.

Manitoba joined Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Quebec, recorded a 12 per cent decrease in 2013 over the year before in the severity of crimes committed, according to Stats Can. In Winnipeg, the drop in crime severity was even more profound at 15 per cent.

Across the country, Canadian police services reported just over 1.8 million criminal incidents (Criminal Code offences excluding traffic) in 2013, down approximately 132,000 from the previous year.

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Updated on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 9:16 AM CDT: Adds crime graph for Winnipeg

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