Table 1
Police-reported crime rate and Crime Severity Index, Canada, 1998 to 2008

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Year Total Violent crime
Crime Severity Index Percent change in Index Crime rate1 Percent change in rate Violent Crime Severity Index Percent change in Index Violent crime rate2 Percent change in rate
1998 118.8 8,092 97.8 1,345
1999 111.2 -6 7,694 -5 99.4 2 1,440 7
2000 106.7 -4 7,607 -1 97.8 -2 1,494 4
2001 105.3 -1 7,587 0 97.2 -1 1,473 -1
2002 104.1 -1 7,512 -1 96.2 -1 1,441 -2
2003 106.8 3 7,770 3 97.6 1 1,435 0
2004 104.1 -3 7,600 -2 96.0 -2 1,404 -2
2005 101.3 -3 7,325 -4 98.5 3 1,389 -1
2006 100.0 -1 7,244 -1 100.0 2 1,386 0
2007r 95.2 -5 6,899 -5 97.7 -2 1,352 -2
2008 90.0 -5 6,588 -5 94.6 -3 1,326 -2
1. The crime rate consists of all Criminal Code offences excluding traffic. It also excludes drug offences and all federal statutes. All offences are included in the Crime Severity Index.
2. The violent crime rate has been expanded to include a number of offences not previously included in the violent crime rate, including uttering threats, criminal harassment and forcible confinement. Data using this definition of violent crime are available back to 1998.
Note: Rates are calculated on the basis of 100,000 population. The population estimates come from Statistics Canada, Demography Division. Populations as of July 1st: preliminary postcensal for 2008.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Uniform Crime Reporting Survey.
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