Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • email
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
copcarclosecrop
Child porn charges up; violent crimes down, say Hamilton police

Child pornography and sexual violence against children were the fastest growing Criminal Code offences reported by Hamilton police last year, a Statistics Canada report finds.

Hamilton police say that while most Criminal Code offences decreased in 2013, child porn offences were up  by 27 per cent and sexual violence against children rose by 24 per cent.

Possession of cannabis charges also increased by 12 per cent.

Crime figures are contained within Statistics Canada’s 2013 Police Reported Crime Statistics annual report.  Data specific to police services across Canada is also available.

Despite the alarming trends in child porn charges, Hamilton police highlighted several positive areas in the city’s crime statistics.

• Hamilton is leading the major police services in Ontario with the largest decrease in the number of violent crime violations (29.2 per cent)

•The violent crime rate  has decreased 31.5 per cent over the past five years.

•Large decreases are also noted in the total crime rate (25.7 per cent) and the property crime rate, which decreased by 26.5 per cent between 2009 and 2013.  All of these decreases in Hamilton were greater than the National rate of change.

•The rate of robberies per 100,000 population dropped by 41.8 per cent from 130 in 2009 to 76 in 2013, representing the second largest decrease among the 12 largest police services in Ontario.

•Motor vehicle theft has decreased by 40.2 per cent over the past five years and break and enters decreased by 10.7 per cent.

Hamilton police say the severity of crime in the city is decreasing at a greater rate than the national numbers.  The total crime severity index for Hamilton decreased by 25.1 per cent between 2009 and 2013 compared to a Canada-wide decrease of 21.8 per cent.

“These results are evidence we are using effective, proven crime management strategies and the work of Hamilton police continues to protect citizens from victimization,” said Hamilton Chief of Police Glenn De Caire in a news release.  “Members of our service continue to focus on the community and the delivery of quality policing.”

On July 25, Hamilton police announced child porn charges against two men.

A 41-year-old Brantford man faces charges of making child pornography. In a separate incident, a 25-year-old Hamilton man is charged with possession of child porn and breach of probation.

The charges in both incidents were made during separate raids of properties in Flamborough.

Comments are closed.

HomeFinder.caWheels.caOurFaves.caLocalWork.caGottaRent.ca