Criminal victimization declined in Québec between 2009 and 2014

Québec, December 14, 2017. – In 2014, about 17% of Quebecers reported that they or their household had been victims of at least one criminal offence in the previous 12 months, for a total of 1.4 million incidents. These findings show a decline in criminal victimization—in 2009, 26% of the population had reported a total of 2 million incidents. In fact, the frequency of six types of offences declined significantly between 2009 and 2014, namely physical assault, breaking and entering, theft of motor vehicles or parts, theft of household property, vandalism, and theft of personal property.

These results come from issue No. 60 of the bulletin Coup d’œil sociodémographique, published today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec. Statistics on criminal victimization, including incident rates by offence, were also updated on the Institut’s website for the year 2014. The findings are based on data from Statistics Canada’s General Social Survey, 2009 and 2014 editions.

3 out of 10 victimization incidents reported to the police

In 2014, about 31% of victimization incidents in Québec were reported to the police, a proportion that did not vary significantly between violent offences (28%), household offences (36%), and theft of personal property (27%). The proportion of incidents reported to the police was not significantly different in 2009 for each of the offences examined.


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