Property crime reports to police skyrocket at Halloween

pumpkincopHalloween crime is still a problem for police across Canada, according to Statistics Canada. The national number crunching agency has released another analysis of scary crime data showing that during Halloween 2014, property crime reports to police skyrocketed roughly 52 per cent from a week earlier. Other crimes spiked, but not at the dramatic rate for property offences. Across all categories, crime reports to police increased 4.5 per cent at Halloween 2014.

Here’s StatsCan’s Halloween crime report, part of a bigger – and fascinating – statistical snapshot of Halloween (did you know, for instance, that in 2011 there were 4,535 funeral directors and embalmers in Canada):

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There is a general increase in the number of criminal incidents reported to police on October 31, compared with October 24.
Note: Data are provided by police services representing 99% of the population of Canada.

  • 4.5% — The percentage increase in the number of criminal incidents reported to police during Hallowe’en 2014 (October 31, 2014), compared with a week earlier (October 24, 2014).
  • 51.9% — The proportion of all criminal incidents reported to police during Hallowe’en 2014 that were violations against property.
  • 16.4% — The proportion of all criminal incidents reported to police during Hallowe’en 2014 that were violations against the person.
  • 18.4% — The proportion of all criminal incidents reported to police during Hallowe’en 2014 that were Other Criminal Codeviolations.
  • 6.5% — The proportion of all criminal incidents reported to police during Hallowe’en 2014 that were Criminal Code Traffic violations.
  • 5.5% — The proportion of all criminal incidents reported to police during Hallowe’en 2014 that were Drug violations.

Source: Uniform Crime Reporting Survey, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics.

 

It appears that the last time StatsCan mined its data for Halloween crime numbers was in 2009, when it released figures from the previous year that showed a dramatic, 49-per-cent jump in property crime reports to police.

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