Crime Statistics

In 2018, the police reported crime rate in Ottawa increased for the third consecutive year to approximately 3,900 incidents per 100,000 residents. The clearance rate for all Criminal Code of Canada Offences (excluding traffic) declined by two percentage points last year to 35 percent.

The Crime Severity Index (CSI) is a measure of crime that reflects the relative seriousness of individual offences. Reflective of the national trend, the severity of crime in Ottawa increased eight percent in 2018 to 54 points. This can be attributed to a rise in the number of offences, including: Robbery, Sexual Assault, Assault, Break and Enter and Fraud.  

The increase in crime mirrors the public’s perception as measured by the 2018 Public Opinion Survey in which approximately three quarters of respondents perceived an increase in crime primarily at the city level over the past three years.

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Visit to view Ottawa’s crime trends for the City and by Wards, 2017–2018.

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