Crime, Safety & Security 2011

  1. Introduction to Crime, Safety and Security in Niagara

      Every Niagara resident should be able to live, work and play in safe environments. Citizens can fully participate in a community and enjoy their lives when they feel safe and secure in their homes, neighbourhoods, cars, public places or workplaces. Motor vehicle collisions are one of the main causes...
  2. Overview and Criminal Code violations and incidents in Niagara

    The Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) patrols 1,850.9 square kilometres (714.6 square miles) and 161 kilometres of shoreline and 1,500 square kilometres of international water.Niagara is one of the largest areas policed by municipal police with a 2009 population of 442,908. Niagara has 5 border crossings (4 road; 1 rail)...
  3. Overall crime rates and violent crime rates in Niagara

    Crime rates per 100, 000 population:  This rate in Niagara went down from 2002 to 2007, went up in 2008 and back down after that for violent crimes (including criminal offences, homicide, robbery, break and enter and motor vehicle crime). They were below the OMBI average, except for property crimes...
  4. Feeling safe and secure in Niagara

    The General Social Survey (2004) asked those over 15 in Niagara about their feelings of safety staying home alone in the evening or at night. InNiagara, 19% said they felt worried and 80% were not at all worried. Of the Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) reporting, the lowest ratings were fromSaint...
  5. Police officers per 100,000 population in Niagara

    The rate of police officers per 100,000 population is used as an indicator of the perceptions of safety in a community. Their numbers and visibility in a community affect the public’s perception of overall safety and the capacity of police officers to engage in crime prevention and to respond to...
  6. Motor vehicle accidents and fatalities in Niagara

    The number of motor vehicle accidents in a region is a measure of how safe or unsafe residents are on the roads in an area. The Regional Niagara Road Safety Committee (RNRSC) was formed in 2003, after a community forum to address community concerns over the high number of serious...
  7. Youth crime in Niagara

    The Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) has school/police protocols with the District School Board of Niagara, the Niagara Catholic District School Board, and the French language school boards. Four (4) full-time School Resource Officers (SROs) are dedicated to school/youth related matters and the program has been described as “a tremendous...
  8. Impaired driving in Niagara

    Niagara has targeted drinking and driving with public education campaigns and the Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) initiatives since the 1970s. The impaired driving rates for alcohol and drugs have decreased from higher rates in 2003 and 2004 and are lower than Ontario and Canadian rates. Adapted from Statistics Canada...
  9. Domestic violence in Niagara

    In 2008, The Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) formed a specialized Domestic Violence Unit. NRPS statistics indicate that the number of calls increased by an alarming 56% from 2006 to 2008. A total of 6,532 domestic violence calls were responded to by NRPS  in 2008 (956 occurrences where charges or...
  10. Calls to police and domestic violence calls in Niagara

    These have remained relatively stable since the year 2000 and are approximately 131,000 a year for 2007; 130,085 in 2008 and 124,104 in 2009. Table 6.6 Total criminal offences and annual calls to police for service in Niagara 2000-2007 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Total...
  11. Calls to police, ambulance and fire

    This figure depicts the percentage of calls to police, ambulance, fire and other services through the 9-1-1 central line in Niagara from 2004 to 2008. Calls to police have gone down; calls to ambulance continue to rise; fire has only risen slightly. Calls to police are the highest, but the...
  12. Fire services

    The Province of Ontario’s Municipal Performance Measurement Program (MPMP) was the first mandatory performance measurement program in North America concerned with measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of municipal services and programs. Under the Municipal Act, 2001, MPMP requires municipalities to collect data from readily available sources and submit their results...
  13. Hate crimes in Niagara

    The number of hate crimes committed in an area affects the feelings of safety and security of residents and may be a measure related to the prejudice, racism and discrimination experienced in an area. Lower rates might also be a measure of acceptance and inclusion in an area. In 2006,...
  14. Emergency management services in Niagara

    Emergency Services Management in Niagara is attempting to plan, train and develop well-linked strategies with all partners to prevent emergencies, and to respond effectively to them for the safety and security of all. Fire, ambulance, police, health services and the general public are all partners in effectively working in this...
  15. The nature of crime and crime investigation is changing

    The nature of crime and crime investigation is changing and becoming more complex:  Although crime rates in Niagara have decreased, the length of investigations has increased. Greater rules, guidelines, and areas of judicial process all increase the amount of time that is dedicated to investigations. Because the definitions and social...