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Crime dropping, says study

There was a sizable drop in crime last year and the proof is in the numbers.

There was a sizable drop in crime last year and the proof is in the numbers.

The 2009 Criminal Victimization in Canada survey was released yesterday revealing that victimization rates in Halifax have decreased.

Since the last survey the Halifax Regional Police have increased their complement with support from the Halifax Regional Municipality council and the Department of Justice. Const. Brian Palmeter sees a link between the survey results and the police’s crime reduction strategy. “We certainly acknowledge that we have seen and will see spikes in crime. They will come and go, that’s an unfortunate part, but what this survey shows is that our strategy is working,” he said.

The Halifax Regional Police say their reported crime stats mirror those of the survey. Crime in the Halifax Regional Municipality saw a drop from 2005 to 2008 before levelling off last year.

“We still have work to do, there’s always room for improvement but we’re happy about where we stand in the 2009 survey,” said Palmeter.

 
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