Canada crime rate drops 6% to lowest level since 1972

BBC News

The rate of police-reported crime in Canada dropped 6% in 2011, and is now at its lowest level since 1972, says the national statistics agency.

Excluding traffic offences, 1,984,916 incidents were reported last year, marking the eighth consecutive annual national decline in crime.

Less property crime, fewer break-ins and car thefts drove the crime rate down, but there were more murders.

Crime peaked in 1991 in Canada but has seen a downward trend since then.

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