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Four years after the Summer of the Gun, Toronto police Chief Bill Blairis celebrating a nearly 30 per cent overall drop in crime.

Four years after the Summer of the Gun, Toronto police Chief Bill Blair is celebrating a nearly 30 per cent overall drop in crime.

“We have experienced crime reduction numbers in this city that are without precedence anywhere in North America,” Blair said. “I can tell you that in the last three years, we have seen crime reductions in this city, significant crime reductions — almost a 30 per cent overall reduction in crime.”

The only areas they haven’t seen consistent “satisfactory” decreases in are some types of violent crime, Blair added, particularly in the number of shootings and homicides.

Although compared to this time last year, murder, sexual assault, and assault are all down by more than 10 per cent. As of July 4, there were 672 sexual assaults, compared to 796 at the same time last year.

There were 8,368 assaults so far this year, but 9,412 in 2008.

Break and enters and auto thefts have also declined. The only spike in major crime — and it was a small one at two per cent — was in the number of robberies, to 2,190 this year from 2,142 last year.

 
 
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