Canada Overall Crime Rate Drops, Homicide Rate Rises
Canada's national crime rate dropped five per cent last year, but serious crimes such as homicide, attempted murder, assaults and robbery are on the rise, according to a Statistics Canada report released Thursday.
The report, titled Juristat: Crime Statistics in Canada, 2005, examined police-reported data and found the crime rate fell in every province and territory thanks to a decline in non-violent offences such as counterfeiting and break-ins.
The number of young people accused of homicide jumped from 44 in 2004 to 65 in 2005, the report said.. The youth-accused homicide rate has climbed to its highest point in more than a decade.
The study also found that attempted murders were on the rise, with 772 case reported in 2005, up 14 per cent from the previous year. In addition, police responded to 3,000 aggravated assaults, up 10 per cent, and almost 50,000 assaults with a weapon, up five per cent.