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  • NL Crime Exceeding National Average: Vital Signs Report

    Crime rates in Newfoundland and Labrador exceed the national average.

    That’s according to the Vital Signs report, released this morning by the Community Foundation of NL and Memorial University’s Harris Centre.

    The report shows that the overall crime rate (excluding traffic infractions) in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2016 were at 5,924 per 100,000 people, compared to the national stats at 5,224.

    Impaired driving numbers were higher than the national average at 260 per 100,000 people. The Canadian average was 194.

    Newfoundland and Labrador also exceeded the national average when it comes to property and violent crimes.

    Drug crime rates in the province have dropped dramatically since reaching a peak of about 300 per 100,000 people in 2011 – the same as the national average. It’s now down below 200 which is lower than the national average of approximately 250.

    The province was slightly below the national average when it came to homicides, which were 1.32 per 100,000 people compared to 1.68 in Canada as a whole.

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