Police-reported fraud rate increased for the seventh year in a row

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Kanata (July 22, 2019) – The combined rate of police-reported fraud (including identity theft and identity fraud) increased in 2018 for the seventh year in a row according to new Statistics Canada figures.

The Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics reports that the rate rose 12 percent on average between 2017 and 2018 in almost all provinces and territories. Nunavut (+36%), the Northwest Territories (+32%), Newfoundland and Labrador (+24%), New Brunswick (+24%), Manitoba (+18%), and Nova Scotia (+16%) reported the highest rise in fraud activities. The Yukon is the only territory, where the fraud rate decreased (-3%) in 2018.

In comparison to the figures for 2008, that is a 46 percent increase in total. The agency sees the excessive increase in the last decade partly due to changes in the definition of fraud related incidents as well as to an increased ability to report fraud online.

The high volume of fraud crimes makes it a driver for the increase in the overall Crime Severity Index (CSI). The overall CSI rose from 73.6 in 2017 to 75.0 in 2018. This is the result of high rates most notably for fraud, sexual assault (+15%), as well as shoplifting of $5,000 or under (+14%), and theft over $5,000 (+15%).

Overall, in comparison with the CSI in 2008, the crime index decreased 17 percent. The CSI measures the volume and severity of police-reported crime in Canada, and it has a base index value of 100 for 2006

To read the entire report see: Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2018.