Police-reported detailed clearance rates, Canada, 2000 to 2010
|Year||Unweighted clearance ratesNote 1||Weighted clearance ratesNote 2|
|Cleared by chargeNote 3||Cleared otherwiseNote 4||Total clearedNote 5||Violent crime||Non-violent crime||Total|
1. Unweighted clearance rates are based upon total Criminal Code incidents, excluding traffic offences.
2. The weighted clearance rate is based on the same principle used to create the police-reported Crime Severity Index, whereby more serious offences are assigned a higher weight than less serious offences. Applying this concept to clearance rates means that, for example, the clearance of a homicide, robbery or break and enter receives a higher weight than the clearance of less serious offences such as minor theft, mischief and disturbing the peace. The weighted clearance rate includes Criminal Code traffic offences and other Federal Statute offences.
3. For an incident to be cleared by charge, at least one chargeable suspect has been identified and there is a charge laid against or recommended to be laid against this individual in connection with this incident.
4. For an incident to be cleared otherwise, an accused must be identified and there must be sufficient evidence to lay a charge in connection with the incident, but instead the suspect is processed by other means.
5. Totals are based on unrounded numbers.
Note: Counts are based on the most serious violation in the incident. One incident may involve multiple violations. For most violent crimes the unit of measurement is the victim for counting purposes; for property and other Criminal Code offences, the unit of measurement is the incident. Crimes that were reported to police prior to 2010 but cleared by police in the 2010 calendar year are included in the cleared category. Consequently, the percentage of crimes cleared by police may exceed 100%.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Uniform Crime Reporting Survey.
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