Crime Stats

Because a lot of what we do in law (pretty much everything?) has a connection to crime, potential or actual, I thought readers of Slaw might be interested to note that according to The Daily, in 2007 Canada’s national crime rate for police reported crimes declined for the third year in a row. Not only are crimes against property down, but there were fewer serious violent offences as well. Ontario continues to have the lowest rate of reported crime, and Toronto has the second lowest rate of all 27 municipalities studied.


I hope that the current government and the media will give up the scare-mongering that they’ve been indulging in lately. (And that those who think that Toronto is the big BAD city, will think again, and again.)


  1. Things are a touch less rosy if you look at the long-term numbers rather the year-over-year drop: the violent crime rate is three times higher than it was thirty years ago and nearly five times higher than it was forty years ago. While the overall violent crime rate has dropped about 10% in the last ten years, the most violent assaults are up more than 30% (assault level 2 – with a weapon/causing bodily harm) and 18.6% (assault level 3 – aggravated).

  2. Pretty much everything of what we do in law has a connection to crime, potential or actual.

    Are you serious?

    While this Austinian canard might have seemed attractive, I would have thought that Herbert Hart’s critique was unanswerable and that the day to day experience of Slaw readers would show that this just isn’t so. Back to the books.

  3. Quite serious about “a lot”, Austin, Hart and the lads notwithstanding. What I actually said was: “a lot of what we do in law (pretty much everything?)” A teensy bit different. You can have the “everything?”.

  4. I don’t care what Austin or Hart saw as the role of the sovereign, enforced ultimately by the coercive power of the state, the fact is that only a small percentage of lawyers in practice are involved with crime. Non-lawyers are always surprised by the extent to which clients are concerned not to transgress the law. If you, Simon F., still dispute this fact, I’d like to know what is the basis for your position.