As a follow-up to the Board of Police Commissioners' meeting, HRP and Halifax District RCMP are releasing the 2015 third quarter crime statistics. Overall, crime is down more than nine per cent when comparing the third quarter of 2015 to the same period in 2014.
Violent crime is up nine per cent, including increases in homicides (+1 incident), assaults (+52 incidents) and robberies (+16 incidents), and a decrease in attempted murders (-9 incidents). Property crime is down over 13 per cent with decreases in thefts under 5,000 (-4 incidents), thefts over 5,000 (-241 incidents), possession of stolen goods (-97 incidents) and frauds (-107 incidents), and increases in break and enters (+19 incidents) and thefts of vehicles (+6 incidents).
We’re continuing to stay the course with our crime reduction strategy, with a particular emphasis on addressing violent crime. We’ll continue to focus on identifying areas with higher rates of crime (hot spots), deploying our Quick Response, Street Crime Units and Guns and Gangs Unit by targeting the criminal element and monitoring those who are on court-imposed conditions. Officers will continue to be in close contact with the community in order to address crime as well as quality-of-life issues.
The 2015 third quarter stats are available at http://www.halifax.ca/police/documents/HRM3rdQtr2015Combined151019.pdf