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Geography:Ontario
Account:Community Safety and Social Vitality
Information:Violent Criminal Code Violations
Selected Data Type: Actual Incidents
Years: 2010 to 2015
Data Source:Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Special Tabulations, 2006 to 2015.
Copyright:Newfoundland & Labrador Statistics Agency, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Violent Offences are counted in terms of the number of victims in the incident.  The basic counting rule is that one victim equals one offence.  The number of violent offences equals the number of victims for violent crimes.  The exception to this is the offence of robbery.  It is included in the group of violent offences for analysis purposes but is counted as a non-violent offence in that one incident of robbery equals one offence regardless of the number of victims.

Data on incidents that come to the attention of police are captured and forwarded to the CCJS according to a nationally approved set of common scoring rules and definitions.  The reader should note however, that many factors could influence official crime statistics.  These include:  reporting by the public to the police; reporting by police to the CCJS; and the impact of new intiatives such as changes in legislation, policies or enforcement polices.

Year-over-year comparisons should be made with caution as many non-criminally related factors can affect data from one year to another (openings, closures or reorganizations of police departments, redistribution of municipalities serviced among different police departments, significant population increases etc.).

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Survey produces a continuous historical record of crime and traffic statistics reported by every police agency in Canada since 1962.  In 1988, a new version of the survey was created, UCR2, and is since referred to as the "incident-based" survey, in which microdata on characteristics of incidents, victims and accused are captured.  For more information please click here.

Statistics Canada information is used with the permission of Statistics Canada.  Users are forbidden to copy the data and redisseminate them, in an original or modified form, for commercial purposes, without the expressed permission of Statistics Canada.  Information on the availability of the wide range of data from Statistics Canada can be obtained from Statistics Canada's Regional Offices, it's Web site at http://www.statcan.gc.ca/  and it's toll-free access number 1-800-263-1136.

Part of the 2007 increase in crime in St. Johns, NL and Saint John, NB can be attributed to changes in police reporting practices rather than actual increases in criminal activity. This would affect the St. John's RNC region, as well as the provincial totals in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.

The "adult" age group includes those age 18 and over, and the "youth" age group includes offenders under 18. Although almost all youth offenders are aged 12-17, there may be a small number of offenders under 12 years of age included in the data.

Figures may not add to total due to random rounding.

a The violent crime category has been expanded under the Incident-based Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (UCR2) to include a number of offences not previously included in the violent crime category, including uttering threats, criminal harassment and forcible confinement. Therefore, total violent crime counts in this table will not match total violent crime counts from the Aggregarte Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (URC).

b Homicide data are extracted from the homicide survey database. In general, the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (UCR) counts any adult and youth charged for the year in which the charge was laid. The homicide totals, which come from The Homicide Survey, count any adult or youth charged with a homicide that occurred in the reference year, regardless of when the charge was laid.

c Sexual violations against children is a new crime category with only partial data available prior to 2008. As a result, numbers and rates should not be directly compared to data from previous years.

d New legislation in 2009 regarding assaults on peace officers may be the cause of an increase in reported offenses. Caution should be taken when comparing data to previous years. The introduction of new codes into the UCR Survey resulted in some non-peace officer assaults being coded as peace officer assaults in 2010. Comparisons to 2010 should be made with caution as well.

e Robbery counts have been revised resulting in an increase in the number of reported robbery incidents. Use caution when comparing these data with prior years.

f Kidnapping and forcible confinement were previously included under the same reporting code, but as of 2008 they are recorded as two separate codes. This change was only implemented as each police region updated their records management system. For this reason, we should use caution when comparing values between years.

g For the period from 1998 to 2007 Incident-based Uniform Crime Reporting Survey data on Criminal harassment are not available for all respondents. In order to report this violation for police services still reporting to the aggregate Uniform Crime Reporting Survey over this time, a process of imputation was applied to derive counts using the distribution of ‘other ‘Criminal Code offences from existing Incident-based Uniform Crime Reporting Survey respondents.

Manslaughter
Manslaughter is defined as culpable homicide that is not murder, infanticide, or causing death by criminal negligence.
Centre for Justice Statistics, Statistics Canada
The Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (CCSJ), in cooperation with the policing community, collects police reported crime statistics through the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (UCR). The UCR was developed to measure the incidence of crime in Canadian society and its characteristics. It can represent both the survey instrument itself or the aggregate form of the UCR data.
Incident
The basis for counting reported crime in the UCR Survey. An incident is a set of connected events that usually make up a reported occurrence. The reported incident is used in conjunction with Most Serious Offence (MSO).
Most Serious Offence (MSO)
Classifies an incident according to the most serious offence committed during the incident. In categorizing incidents, violent offences always take precedence over non-violent offences. Offences are then sorted according to maximum sentence under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Actual Incidents
When a crime is reported to the police, the incident is recorded as a 'reported' incident. Police then conduct a preliminary investigation to determine the validity. Occasionally crimes reported to the police prove to be unfounded. Unfounded incidents are subtracted from the number of incidents to produce the number of 'actual incidents'.
Persons Charged
Includes the number of people charged (not the number of charges laid) or recommended for charges by the police. A person who is simultaneously charged with more than one offence is counted according to the most serious incident, even if the offences occurred in more than one incident. In addition, persons may be counted more than once throughout the year; that is, individuals are counted on each occasion they are charged by the police. Note: In some cases a criminal incident may be solved months or even years after it was reported to the police. For this reason it is possible for the number of cases cleared to be different than the total reported actual incidents (Statistics Canada, 2004)
Homicide
Homicide includes the Criminal Code offences of murder, manslaughter and infantcide.  Two primary criteria must exist for an offence to be considered as a homicide:  1) death of a human being and 2) someone must have caused that death.
First Degree Murder
First degree Murder includes the following:

1.) planned and deliberate murders
2.) murder of a police or custodial officer who is killed in the line of duty in the murder of a prison worker while acting in the course of his work therein.
3.) murder committed in the course of certain criminal acts (hijacking, kidnapping, forceable confinement, or sexual assault offences).
4.) murder committed by a person that has been previously convicted of first or second degree murder.
Infanticide
Infanticide is committed when a female person, by willful act or omission, causes the death of her newly-born child (under one year of age), if at that time she had not fully recovered from the effects of childbirth.
Robbery
Robbery included theft with violence, or threats of violence, and theft while armed.
Youth
Refer to those aged 12-17 (inclusive).

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    Actual Incidents
    Total Persons Charged
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    Total Youth Charged
    Total Cleared

 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Total Violent Criminal Code Violationsa130,455 126,910 121,840 112,865 107,495 108,355
Homicideb190 160 160 170 155 175
Murder, First degree95 75 85 80 85 80
Murder, Second degree75 75 70 70 65 70
Manslaughter20 10 5 20 10 25
Total other violations causing death25 25 25 25 35 30
Attempted Murder245 225 260 200 200 245
Sexual Assault, Level 3, Aggravated45 60 45 45 35 20
Sexual Assault, Level 2, with a Weapon or Bodily Harm150 160 160 140 130 130
Sexual Assault, Level 17,545 7,620 7,720 7,475 7,350 7,475
Total Sexual Violations Against Childrenc770 845 925 800 950 895
Luring a child via a computer165 215 240 240 375 335
Assault, Level 3, Aggravated1,115 1,075 1,085 1,020 990 1,010
Assault, Level 2, with Weapon or Causing Bodily Harm14,195 13,580 13,225 12,145 11,775 12,280
Assault, Level 150,890 50,400 48,225 45,705 44,395 44,490
Assault Peace Officerd3,555 3,330 2,800 2,600 2,480 2,395
Total Other Assaults2,135 1,915 1,855 1,630 1,125 1,095
Total Firearms; use of , discharge, pointing565 495 500 495 505 660
Total Robberye11,585 11,520 10,725 8,920 7,615 7,635
Total forcible confinement or kidnappingf1,455 1,070 1,120 870 890 945
Total Abduction100 75 95 85 85 55
Extortion535 450 465 465 605 840
Criminal Harassmentg9,625 9,665 9,730 9,420 8,420 8,340
Threatening or Harassing Phone Calls6,295 5,210 4,710 4,040 3,365 3,075
Uttering Threats18,315 17,290 16,520 15,230 14,990 14,930
Total Other Violent Violations1,115 1,745 1,500 1,375 1,390 1,520

Notes:

Violent Offences are counted in terms of the number of victims in the incident.  The basic counting rule is that one victim equals one offence.  The number of violent offences equals the number of victims for violent crimes.  The exception to this is the offence of robbery.  It is included in the group of violent offences for analysis purposes but is counted as a non-violent offence in that one incident of robbery equals one offence regardless of the number of victims.

Data on incidents that come to the attention of police are captured and forwarded to the CCJS according to a nationally approved set of common scoring rules and definitions.  The reader should note however, that many factors could influence official crime statistics.  These include:  reporting by the public to the police; reporting by police to the CCJS; and the impact of new intiatives such as changes in legislation, policies or enforcement polices.

Year-over-year comparisons should be made with caution as many non-criminally related factors can affect data from one year to another (openings, closures or reorganizations of police departments, redistribution of municipalities serviced among different police departments, significant population increases etc.).

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Survey produces a continuous historical record of crime and traffic statistics reported by every police agency in Canada since 1962.  In 1988, a new version of the survey was created, UCR2, and is since referred to as the "incident-based" survey, in which microdata on characteristics of incidents, victims and accused are captured.  For more information please click here.

Statistics Canada information is used with the permission of Statistics Canada.  Users are forbidden to copy the data and redisseminate them, in an original or modified form, for commercial purposes, without the expressed permission of Statistics Canada.  Information on the availability of the wide range of data from Statistics Canada can be obtained from Statistics Canada's Regional Offices, it's Web site at http://www.statcan.gc.ca/  and it's toll-free access number 1-800-263-1136.

Part of the 2007 increase in crime in St. Johns, NL and Saint John, NB can be attributed to changes in police reporting practices rather than actual increases in criminal activity. This would affect the St. John's RNC region, as well as the provincial totals in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.

The "adult" age group includes those age 18 and over, and the "youth" age group includes offenders under 18. Although almost all youth offenders are aged 12-17, there may be a small number of offenders under 12 years of age included in the data.

Figures may not add to total due to random rounding.

a The violent crime category has been expanded under the Incident-based Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (UCR2) to include a number of offences not previously included in the violent crime category, including uttering threats, criminal harassment and forcible confinement. Therefore, total violent crime counts in this table will not match total violent crime counts from the Aggregarte Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (URC).

b Homicide data are extracted from the homicide survey database. In general, the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (UCR) counts any adult and youth charged for the year in which the charge was laid. The homicide totals, which come from The Homicide Survey, count any adult or youth charged with a homicide that occurred in the reference year, regardless of when the charge was laid.

c Sexual violations against children is a new crime category with only partial data available prior to 2008. As a result, numbers and rates should not be directly compared to data from previous years.

d New legislation in 2009 regarding assaults on peace officers may be the cause of an increase in reported offenses. Caution should be taken when comparing data to previous years. The introduction of new codes into the UCR Survey resulted in some non-peace officer assaults being coded as peace officer assaults in 2010. Comparisons to 2010 should be made with caution as well.

e Robbery counts have been revised resulting in an increase in the number of reported robbery incidents. Use caution when comparing these data with prior years.

f Kidnapping and forcible confinement were previously included under the same reporting code, but as of 2008 they are recorded as two separate codes. This change was only implemented as each police region updated their records management system. For this reason, we should use caution when comparing values between years.

g For the period from 1998 to 2007 Incident-based Uniform Crime Reporting Survey data on Criminal harassment are not available for all respondents. In order to report this violation for police services still reporting to the aggregate Uniform Crime Reporting Survey over this time, a process of imputation was applied to derive counts using the distribution of ‘other ‘Criminal Code offences from existing Incident-based Uniform Crime Reporting Survey respondents.

Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Special Tabulations, 2006 to 2015.

Copyright: Newfoundland & Labrador Statistics Agency
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Data last updated on August 1, 2017

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