Three homicides in 2013, but other crime rates down in St. John's-metro

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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) has released crime statistics for the St. John’s-metro area for 2013.

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The RNC said in a news release, according to Statistics Canada’s, the number of break and entries last year in the area decreased 25 per cent over the previous year.

The Violent Crime Severity Index (CSI) increased nine per cent from 2012 to 2013 due to the St. John’s area having three reported homicides in 2013 with none reported in 2012.

The RNC says incidents of homicide significantly impact the violent CSI. There have historically been one to two incidents of homicide in the St. John’s-metro area per year. There are no reported homicides so far in 2014.

The total number of violent crimes is said to be down seven per cent from 2012 to 2013 and the number of motor vehicle thefts down 19 per cent.

The RNC said it believes this reduction in criminal activity is due to its crime analysis and intelligence-led policing initiative and public confidence in the force which leads to more reporting of crime.

Organizations: Statistics Canada

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • Fred
    July 23, 2014 - 13:33

    With all the armed robberies and thefts from vehicles and assaults, home invasions etc. I find this hard to believe. I suspect its playing with how statistics are captured. I know why Break and Entries are down people no longer report them as the police always say they had no evidence or leads.