Violent crimes down, property crimes up in 2023 in Oakville, Burlington, Milton

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Published June 11, 2024 at 4:33 pm

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Violent crime and motor vehicle collisions were lower in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills last year when compared to 2022.

The 2023 Annual Report, released recently by Halton police, shows violent crime dropping in each of Halton’s three districts on a per capita basis.

However, the numbers also show a significant increase in property crimes.

Here are the statistics comparing 2023 to 2022 on a per capita basis.

In District One, Milton and Halton Hills, violent crime dropped 5.9 per cent (from 396 to 372), property crime was up 1.1 per cent (1,255 to 1,296), and total crime was down 13.5 per cent (2,303 to 1,991).

In District Two, Oakville, violent crime dropped 9.4 per cent (from 377 to 341), property crime was up 13.3 per cent (1,580 to 1,790), and total crime was up 6.4 per cent (2,131 to 2,268).

In District Three, Burlington, violent crime dropped 4.9 per cent (from 430 to 409), property crime was up eight per cent (1,821 to 1,966), and total crime was up .1 per cent (2,543 to 2,546).

Halton police Chief Stephan Tanner acknowledged recent years have been undoubtedly difficult for law enforcement as the force continued to record increases in many categories of crime.

“Notable among them was the surge in auto theft occurrences, which rose in Halton from more than 1,300 in 2022 to more than 1,550 this past year,” said Tanner.

“This increasingly bold crime transcends our region and we, along with our partner police agencies and all levels of government, continued to devote considerable resources to investigating and disrupting the organized crime groups behind it.”

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