Information identified as archived is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Please "contact us" to request a format other than those available.
[Full article in HTML] [Full article in PDF]
The 2009 General Social Survey (GSS) found that just over one-quarter of Canadians, aged 15 years and older, reported being the victim of a crime in the preceding 12 months. This proportion was similar to that in 2004, when the last victimization survey was conducted.
Seven in ten self-reported victimizations were non-violent in nature. Of the eight offences measured by the GSS, theft of personal property was the most common.
Overall rates of self-reported violent victimization remained stable between 2004 and 2009, as did the rates of sexual assault, physical assault and robbery.
Overall rates of self-reported household victimization also remained stable between 2004 and 2009. However, motor vehicle thefts declined 23% while break-ins increased, up 21%.
Self-reported rates of violent and household victimization in 2009 were higher in western Canada, particularly Manitoba and Saskatchewan, than in the eastern part of the country.
Younger Canadians reported higher rates of violent victimization than older Canadians. The rate of violence reported by 15-to-24 year olds was almost 15 times higher than the rate for individuals 65 years or older
Just under one-third of Canadians (31%) who had been victimized reported their victimization to police, down slightly from 2004 (34%). Break-ins and motor vehicle thefts were more likely than other types of victimizations to be brought to the attention of authorities.
In 2009, the vast majority (93%) of Canadians felt somewhat or very satisfied with their personal safety from crime, similar to the GSS findings from 2004.
Report a problem on this page
Is something not working? Is there information outdated? Can't find what you're looking for?
Please contact us and let us know how we can help you.
- Date modified: