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Total crime in Halifax declined for the second consecutive year in Halifax with Statistics Canada’s Total Crime Index (which measures volume and severity of crime) dropping from 96.8 to 87.4 in 2011 and down from a high of 135.3 in 2004. While this is positive news, Halifax’s total crime index remains  above national averages (77.6) and ranked third highest among its benchmark cities. 

After a big drop in violent crime in 2010, Halifax saw an increase in the Violent Crime Index in 2011 from 105.6 to 111.7 in 2010. This, despite decreases in national violent crime levels (88.9 in 2010 – 85.3 in 2011) and in all other benchmark cities. Halifax continues to have the second highest violent crime rate among its benchmark cities, and Regina, the only city with a higher violent crime rate than Halifax, significantly closed the gap between the two cities in 2011. 

Among the various types of crime, several types of crimes saw a decrease in 2012. Person crimes decreased by 14.6% in 2012 to their lowest levels in over five years, while property crimes also declined for the second straight year. The 8.3% decrease in 2012 dropped the number of property crimes to their lowest levels in over five years as well. All other criminal incidences also dropped in 2012 by 9.8% to their lowest levels as well.

Source: Statistics Canada



Jurisdictional crime results were mixed as federal offences dropped by 4% in 2012 while provincial offences increased 2% in 2012. Further, it was a worse year for traffic incidents – criminal traffic violations increased by 0.1%, while the number of collisions recorded increased by 29.7% to their highest levels in recent memory (after a big drop in 2011.)  The number of traffic injuries decreased 1.1% in 2012, while the number of traffic fatalities (a statistic which varies widely year to year) doubled from 9 to 18 in 2012, although below highs in 2007 of 32. 

Person, property and federal crimes all saw their solvency rates increase to their highest rates on record in 2012, while other criminal violations saw a dip in solvency rates. 

Fire and emergency services responded to nearly 12,000 incidents in 2012, up 5.8% from 2011. Urban response rates remained steady, with 84% of first-unit responders arriving within five minutes – rural rates improved from 82% to 89% arriving within 10 minutes in 2012. 


Overall feelings of safety in Halifax remain high. Business and citizen surveying indicates that most residents feel safe where they live and work while businesses continue to be satisfied with police services. 


Source: HRM Fire and Emergency



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