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Table 1
Motor vehicle theft rates and clearance rates, Canada, 1977 to 2002
  Population1
Motor vehicle thefts
Clearance2
Number of incidents
Rate per 100,000 population
Percent change in rate
Percentage cleared by charge
Percentage cleared otherwise
Total clearance rate (%)
1977
23,726,345
84,252
355
0.0
18.8
8.0
26.8
1978
23,963,967
83,130
347
-2.3
18.6
8.4
27.0
1979
24,202,205
91,445
378
8.9
15.3
10.2
25.6
1980
24,516,278
93,928
383
1.4
15.0
10.1
25.1
1981
24,820,382
96,229
388
1.2
14.2
10.1
24.3
1982
25,117,424
86,997
346
-10.7
14.2
8.8
23.0
1983
25,366,965
75,988
300
-13.5
15.2
9.5
24.7
1984
25,607,555
76,613
299
-0.1
15.0
7.9
22.9
1985
25,842,590
82,250
318
6.4
14.7
7.9
22.6
1986
26,100,587
85,585
328
3.0
15.2
7.4
22.5
1987
26,449,888
87,061
329
0.4
15.0
7.7
22.7
1988
26,798,303
89,454
334
1.4
15.6
7.9
23.4
1989
27,286,239
100,208
367
10.0
14.8
7.4
22.3
1990
27,700,856
114,082
412
12.1
13.2
6.7
19.9
1991
28,030,864
139,345
497
20.7
12.0
5.4
17.4
1992
28,376,550
146,801
517
4.1
10.9
5.2
16.1
1993
28,703,142
156,685
546
5.5
10.0
5.2
15.2
1994
29,035,981
159,469
549
0.6
9.5
5.2
14.7
1995
29,353,854
161,696
551
0.3
8.8
4.7
13.5
1996
29,671,892
180,123
607
10.2
8.1
4.3
12.3
1997
29,987,214
177,130
591
-2.7
7.9
4.2
12.2
1998
30,248,412
165,920
549
-7.1
8.1
4.5
12.6
1999
30,509,323
161,388
529
-3.6
7.7
4.7
12.4
2000
30,790,834
160,315
521
-1.6
7.9
4.6
12.4
2001
31,110,565
168,595
542
4.1
7.7
4.6
12.4
2002
31,413,990
161,506
514
-5.1
7.6
4.3
11.9

1 The population estimates come from the Annual Demographic Statistics, 2002 report, produced by Statistics Canada, Demography Division. Populations as of July 1st: intercensal estimates for 1977 to 1990, final intercensal estimates for 1991 to 1995, final postcensal estimates for 1996 to 1999, updated postcensal estimates for 2000 and 2001, and preliminary postcensal estimates for 2002.
2 An incident is cleared by charge when at least one accused has been formally charged. An incident is cleared "otherwise" when the police have identified at least one accused and there is sufficient evidence to lay a charge in connection with the incident, but the accused is processed by other means. This could occur for a number of reasons: the police may have used discretion and decided not to lay a charge, the complainant did not want police to lay a charge or the accused was involved in other incidents.
Source: Uniform Crime Reporting Survey, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Statistics Canada.


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