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Violent crime statistics

Violent crimes from 1996 to 2007 (per 100,000 persons per year)

Figure 3 Violent crimes from 1996 to 2007 (per 100,000 persons per year)

Note: Homicide and kidnapping each occur at rates of fewer than five per 100,000 per year, and are difficult to distinguish on this chart

  • Recorded assault increased again in 2007, to 840 per 100,000, compared with 623 per 100,000 in 1996. The 2007 rate was the highest recorded since 1996.
  • The rate for robbery peaked in 2001. Rates have declined by 38 percent since 2001, to 86 per 100,000 per year.
  • The rate of kidnapping remained between three and four per 100,000 per year from 1996 to 2007.
  • The homicide rate was 1.9 per 100,000 in 1996 (which includes the 35 victims of the Port Arthur massacre) and was at its highest in 1999, at 2.0 per 100,000. In 2007, the rate was 1.3 per 100,000, the lowest recorded (since 1996).
  • The rate of recorded sexual assault increased between 1997 and 2007, from 78 to 94 persons per 100,000 per year.