Residents of Oakville, Milton, Burlington live in the safest large Canadian community


Published August 3, 2022 at 3:58 pm

Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills continue to be among the safest communities in Canada based on a recent report by Statistics Canada.

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

In comparison to Ontario’s ‘Big 12’ police services, the HRPS also achieved the highest Weighted Clearance Rate (WCR) at 48.70 per cent.

This data is reported in Statistics Canada’s annual report on crime in Canada. The report provides a detailed overview of crime statistics as reported by police services across the country.

When compared to Ontario’s ‘Big 12’ police services, Halton had:

  • The lowest CSI (24 years in a row)
  • The lowest Violent CSI (24 years in a row)
  • The lowest Non-Violent CSI (24 years in a row)
  • The highest value WCR (8 years in a row)
  • The highest value Violent WCR (4 years in a row)
  • The highest value Non-Violent WCR (8 years in a row)

“I am so proud of the tremendous work that our 1,000-plus members do each and every day to protect and serve the Halton community,” said Stephen Tanner, Halton police chief.

“Annually, Statistics Canada’s national crime data affirms the positive impact of this work. Halton region continues to rank as the safest large municipality in all of Canada I would also like to thank our residents who work hand-in-hand with our Police Service, assisting in the solving of crimes and placing community safety as a top priority. These combined efforts continue to make Halton region an enviable place to work, live and play.”

Each year, Statistics Canada reports on the number and type of criminal incidents coming to the attention of police. To facilitate comparisons among geographic areas as well as over time, police-reported crime has traditionally been expressed as a rate per 100,000 population.

The traditional “crime rate” provides information on the number of police-reported incidents that have occurred for a given population, but does not provide information on the overall seriousness of crimes reported by police. For this reason, the Crime Severity Index (CSI) was developed.

“These results clearly illustrate the alignment and global effectiveness and efficiency of our dedicated officers and civilian staff,” said Halton police board chair Jeff Knoll.

“These results also reflect the essential partnership between our Community and its Police Service. These results can only be possible with a supportive community engaged proactively in crime prevention and actively cooperating with police investigations and other activities.”

For more information about the report, visit here.

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