Crime statis­tics show first in­crease in 12 years

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Statis­tics Canada says the num­ber of crimes re­ported to po­lice went up last year for the first time in 12 years. The crime sever­ity in­dex, which mea­sures the vol­ume of re­ports and how se­ri­ous they are, rose five per cent in 2015. But the agency says that’s still 31 per cent lower than it was a decade ago. The over­all crime rate also rose by three per cent.

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