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A victim can be accounted for in more than one incident of victimization in the same year. According to the 2004 General Social Survey (GSS), victims who have suffered more than one incident of victimization (33% of victims) accounted for 60% of the total number of victimization. The police-reported data used in this report cannot determine whether the same victim is subject to multiple victimizations. In addition, police-reported data refers to the number of victimizations and not the number of victims.
Incident-based trend data are reported by a subset of police services that have been consistently reporting to the UCR2 Survey since 1999. In 2008, these police services covered 54% of the population of Canada and are not nationally representative.
The 2008 data are based upon information reported by police services covering 98% of the population of Canada.
A census metropolitan area (CMA) consists of one or more neighbouring municipalities situated around a major urban core. A CMA must have a total population of at least 100,000 of which 50,000 or more live in the urban core. To be included in the CMA, other adjacent municipalities must have a high degree of integration with the central urban area, as measured by commuting flows derived from census data. A CMA typically comprises more than one police service.
According to the 2004 General Social Survey, 40% of physical assaults were reported to the police.
Aggravated assault, or assault level 3 involves wounding, maiming, disfiguring or endangering the life of the victim.
Major physical injuries are those that required professional medical attention at the scene or transportation to a medical facility.
According to the General Social Survey 2004, 51% of robberies were reported to the police.
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