Violent Crime

Violent crime refers to those violations in the Criminal Code of Canada identified as “crimes against the person”.  Specifically, a violent crime is any crime where physical or verbal threats of violence are made against a person. This category includes offences such as homicide, attempted murder, assault, robbery, sexual assault and uttering threats or intimidation.     

In 2019, there were increases in both the overall volume (+10%) and severity (+3%) of violent crime. Contributing to the increase in the violent CSI were increases in threats uttered to a person (+25%), robberies (+19%), assaults (+9%), and sexual violations (+4%).  The OPS cleared 42 percent of all violent crimes in 2019, a decrease from 49 percent in 2018.