Canada’s crime rate rose ever so slightly again in 2016.
New numbers from Statistics Canada released on Monday show, for the second year in a row, criminal incident reports in the country increased in 2016.
The Crime Severity Index climbed one per cent last year, coming off another increase in 2015. The index is a measure of the number and seriousness of crimes, with something like homicide carrying more weight than shoplifting.
The increase, according to Statistics Canada, was driven by a 14 per cent increase in fraud charges, a massive jump in child pornography offences and a slight increase in drug-impaired driving charges.
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