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  • The 2007 national crime rate reached its lowest point in 30 years. Canadian police services reported a 7% decline in crime, the third consecutive annual decrease.

  • The drop in crime was driven by decreases in virtually all high-volume offences: theft under $5,000, mischief under $5,000, break and enter, common assault, motor vehicle theft, disturbing the peace, fraud and counterfeiting currency.

  • Crime rates fell in all provinces and territories except Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Despite a 4% decline, Saskatchewan reported the highest provincial crime rate for the tenth year in a row.

  • Declines were reported in most of Canada's census metropolitan areas (CMAs), including the nine largest. The most substantial decreases were reported in Kitchener, Montréal and Winnipeg.

  • The violent crime rate fell by 3%, marking its lowest point since 1989. Following increases in most serious violent crimes over the past two years, the 2007 rates of homicide, attempted murder, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, forcible confinement and abduction declined or remained stable.

  • The property crime rate dropped by 8% and reached its lowest point since 1969. Break and enters were at their lowest level in 40 years, dropping by 9% in 2007. Likewise, motor vehicle thefts declined by 9%.

  • Among the few crimes to increase in 2007 were drug offences and impaired driving, both of which tend to be influenced by police enforcement practices. Drug offences were up 4%, with cannabis possession accounting for most of the increase. The rate of impaired driving rose 3%, following two consecutive annual decreases.

  • The youth crime rate dropped by 2% in 2007, following a 3% increase in 2006. Violent crimes committed by youth remained stable, while declines were seen in most non-violent offences.

  • There was a 2% increase in the rate of youth charged by police. However, the rate of youth cleared by other means, such as diversion programs, dropped 4%.