As a follow-up to yesterday's Board of Police Commissioners’ meeting, HRM Partners in Policing are releasing the 2013 fourth quarter and year end crime statistics. Overall crime is down 9 per cent when comparing 2012 to 2013.
Violent crimes are down seven per cent, including decreases in homicides (down 27 per cent) robberies (down 14 per cent) and assaults (down seven per cent). Attempt homicides are up (37 offences in 2013 versus 23 in 2012, up 60 per cent).
Property crimes have fallen by over eight per cent, with decreases in break and enter (down 13 per cent), theft over $5,000 (down 29 per cent) and theft of vehicles (down 10 per cent). Frauds are on the rise, with an increase of nine per cent year over year.
HRM Partners in Policing remain committed to working with citizens to reduce crime and enhance public safety in our community. Both Halifax Regional Police and Halifax District RCMP will continue to implement our crime reduction strategy and develop strategies to address violent crime and property crime in our community. We ask citizens to play a role in public safety by taking steps to prevent crime and also reporting crime to the police when it occurs.
Please follow this link for more information on the crime statistics.