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Police-Reported Crime Statistics in Canada, 2015

September 29, 2016

Statistics Canada examines police reported crimes in 2015. Overall, the Crime Severity Index (CSI) was 1% higher then in 2013 however, it was still 31% lower than a decade earlier in 2005.

There was a an increase in violent firearms offences between 2014 and 2015 from 5 incidents per 100,000 population to 6 incidents per 100,000 population. This increase of 1 represents a 22% increase. 43% of these were "pointing a firearm", 39% involved "discharging a firearm", and 18% were for "using a firearm in the commission of an offence".

Incidents involving a violent firearm violation as well as a more serious Criminal Code violation, such as homicide or robbery, would be reported as these more serious violations and not as firearms offences. Those numbers are therefore not specifically reported in this study.

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