Halton Region ranked one of Canada’s safest large communities in 2020


Published August 9, 2021 at 8:21 pm


Data reported in Statistics Canada’s annual report on crime in Canada determined that Halton Region continues to rank as one of the country’s safest large communities in 2020.

Halton Region has also maintained its position of having the lowest Crime Severity Index (CSI) of all Canadian municipalities with a population of 100,000 or more.

Additionally, the Halton Regional Police Services (HRPS) achieved an all-time high Weighted Clearance Rate of 56.41 per cent; a score that is tops among Ontario’s ‘Big 12’ police services.

When compared to Ontario’s ‘Big 12’ police services, Halton had the lowest Crime Severity Index (CSI), the lowest Violent Crime Severity Index and the lowest Non-Violent Crime Severity Index all of which it has had for 23 years in a row.

Additionally, Halton had the lowest value WCR and the lowest value Non-violent WCR for seven years in a row and the lowest value Violent WCR for three years in a row.

Halton’s CSI ranked 10th out of 325 communities across Canada and the HRPS was among the police services with the highest WCR. In both of these categories, Halton was surpassed only by police services in smaller communities.

“It is incredible that the Region of Halton and the HRPS have maintained the lowest Crime Severity Index of all Canadian municipalities with a population over 100,000, however, I am particularly proud of the all-time high Weighted Clearance Rate achieved,” said Halton Regional Police Service Chief, Stephen Tanner.

Each year, Statistics Canada reports on the number and type of criminal incidents coming to the attention of police. The CSI enables Canadians to track changes from year to year in the severity of police-reported crimes. 

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