The rate of crime and severity of criminal acts in Canada decreased in 2012.
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Canada’s crime rate continues decline

Canada’s crime rate dropped three per cent in 2012 compared to the previous year continuing a decline that started in 1991, according to government statistics. Police report that the severity of crimes was also down by three per cent in 2012.

There were nearly two million incidents involving criminal activity that year, roughly 36,000 fewer than the previous year.

In spite of the on-going decline in crime and its severity, spending on criminal justice has increased by 23 per cent over the last decade.

Since it was elected the current Canadian government has introduced at least 30 pieces of legislation to crack down on crime.

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