Crime Trends 2014–2015

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The 2015 Crime Trends Reports for the City of Ottawa and individual wards provides a snapshot of police activity for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2015, compared to the previous year and to the five-year average. These statistics include all founded Criminal Code of Canada offences reported to the Ottawa Police.

Highlights from the report include:

City of Ottawa

Capital Ward

With over 31,100 reported Criminal Code of Canada offences (excluding traffic), the level of reported crime declined by 1.1% last year compared to 2014. Reported violent crime dropped 1.3%, and non-violent crime dropped 1.1%. With 1,502 reported offences, the level of reported crime was up 11.1% overall. Violent crime dropped 2.8%, while reported non-violent crimes rose 13.2%. 
The clearance rate for total Criminal Code offences (excluding traffic) remained constant in 2015, with the proportion of cases cleared by charge or cleared otherwise dropping only slightly, from 36.6% to 36%. The clearance rate for Criminal Code offences (excluding traffic) remained lower than in the rest of the city in 2015, with the proportion of cases cleared by charge or cleared otherwise dropping slightly, from 26.6% to 26%.
After falling by more than 17% in the past five years, Ottawa’s Crime Severity Index (CSI) rose by 3.4% last year to 44.0. The Violent Crime CSI increased by 7.3% to 48.8, while the Non Violent crime CSI increased by 1.9% to 42.2. The Crime Severity Index in Capital Ward rose by 1.6% to 46.3. The Violent Crime CSI increased by 7.4% to 39.2, while the Non Violent crime CSI increased by 4.6% to 48.7.
There were 7 homicides last year, all of which were solved. There were 0 homicides last year, the same as in 2014.
Residents's top 5 criminal concerns were:
  1. Distracted driving (68%)
  2. Speeding cars/aggressive driving (64%)
  3. Theft from vehicles (55%)
  4. Break & enter (55%)
  5. Bicycle theft (38%)
Residents's top 5 criminal concerns were:
  1. Speeding cars/aggressive driving (74%)
  2. Distracted driving (69%)
  3. Theft from vehicles (54%)
  4. Bicycle theft (50%)
  5. Break & enter (49%)