Vancouver violent crime reductions outpacing rest of Canada

July 25, 2013 | Safer Communities

The 2012 Crime Severity Index (CSI) report released today by Statistics Canada shows that the City of Vancouver is continuing to see significant reductions in violent crime that outpace the rest of the country.

While the CSI report indicates that violent crime was down 3% Canada-wide and down 5% across British Columbia from 2011 to 2012, the City of Vancouver saw a decline in violent crime of 6.9% in the same period.

“Chief Jim Chu and the Vancouver Police Department continue to achieve impressive progress toward the goal of becoming the safest major city in Canada,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson, who also serves as Chair of the Vancouver Police Board. “These consistent reductions in violent crime in Vancouver are a great credit to the leadership of the VPD and the countless neighbourhood volunteers who work to make our communities even safer and more livable for everyone.”

2012 marked the sixth consecutive year that Vancouver’s violent crime rate has fallen. Since 2008, violent crime in Vancouver is down 16.6% and property crime has fallen 20.9%.