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North Perth Overall Crime Severity Index 53 2010  
North Perth Overall Crime Severity Index 65 2011  
North Perth Overall Crime Severity Index 53 2012 -35% (2009-2012)
Stratford Overall Crime Severity Index 81 2009  
Stratford Overall Crime Severity Index 85 2010  
Stratford Overall Crime Severity Index 56 2011  
Stratford Overall Crime Severity Index 53 2012  
Central Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 68 2012  
South Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 57 2009  
South Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 51 2010  
South Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 47 2011  
South Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 49 2012 -13% (2009-2012)
Goderich Overall Crime Severity Index 63 2009  
Goderich Overall Crime Severity Index 64 2010  
Goderich Overall Crime Severity Index 66 2011  
Goderich Overall Crime Severity Index 69 2012 11% (2009-2012)
North Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 58 2009  
North Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 51 2010  
North Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 40 2011  
North Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 47 2012 -16% (2009-2012)
Ontario Overall Crime Severity Index 69 2009  
Ontario Overall Crime Severity Index 65 2010  
Ontario Overall Crime Severity Index 61 2011  
Ontario Overall Crime Severity Index 58 2012 -16% (2009-2012)
North Perth Overall Crime Severity Index 61 2009  
North Perth Overall Crime Severity Index 55 2013  
North Perth Overall Crime Severity Index 52 2014  
North Perth Overall Crime Severity Index 50 2015  
North Perth Overall Crime Severity Index 51 2016  
North Perth Overall Crime Severity Index 37 2017  
North Perth Overall Crime Severity Index 41 2018  
Stratford Overall Crime Severity Index 58 2013  
Stratford Overall Crime Severity Index 57 2014  
Stratford Overall Crime Severity Index 56 2015  
Stratford Overall Crime Severity Index 98 2016  
Stratford Overall Crime Severity Index 86 2017  
Stratford Overall Crime Severity Index 86 2018  
Central Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 55 2013  
Central Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 67 2014  
Central Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 47 2015  
Central Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 47 2016  
Central Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 83 2017  
Central Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 80 2018  
South Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 40 2013  
South Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 51 2014  
South Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 54 2015  
South Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 58 2016  
South Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 62 2017  
South Huron Overall Crime Severity Index 67 2018  
Goderich Overall Crime Severity Index 52 2013  
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Data Source

Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 252-0052 and Catalogue no. 85-002-X.

Last modified: 2017-07-24.

Measurement and Limitations

Police Reported Crime Severity Index

The Police Reported Crime Severity Index (PRCSI) measures changes in the level of severity of crime in Canada from year to year. A score of 100 was assigned to 2006. A score higher than 100 reflects an increased Crime Severity compared to 2006, and a score lower than 100 reflects a decreased Crime Severity. The Crime Severity Index includes all Criminal Code violations including traffic, as well as drug violations and all Federal Statutes.

Traditionally when crimes were counted in Canada, all crimes were treated equally. Every crime, from disturbing the peace to murder, was counted as a one crime. As a result, crime counts were dominated by high-volume, less serious crimes. Before the introduction of the Crime Severity Index, 40% of crimes reported to police were two relatively less serious crimes: theft under $5,000 and mischief. Crime counts were subject to dramatic changes from year to year based on the occurrence of these two crimes alone. With the introduction of the Crime Severity Index in 2006 crime were weighted in terms of their severity. Crimes that lead to longer sentences were given more weight. As a result, the Crime Severity Index now better reflects the occurrence of more severe crimes.

There are a several other crime measures used in Canada, including the Violent Crime Severity Index and the Non-violent Crime Severity Index. While the Violent Crime Severity Index might go down from one year to the next, the overall CSI might go down if there is a sharp decrease in non-violent crime.

Patterns and Trends

Note that all the reported rates for several places over several years are below the 2006 benchmark.

References

Statistics Canada. 2020. Table: 35-10-0188-01 (formerly CANSIM 252-0085) - Crime severity index and weighted clearance rates, police services in Ontario. Retrieved from https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/tv.action?pid=3510018801&pickMembers%5B0%5D=1.1&cubeTimeFrame.startYear=2009&cubeTimeFrame.endYear=2018&referencePeriods=20090101%2C20180101

 
 
 
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