Hamilton sees 85% rise in murder rate

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

Violent crimes overall in Hamilton are down, according to a report released by the Hamilton Police Service, but there is one glaring exception.

While the rate of crimes like robberies, assaults and attempted murders was down in 2013, murders were up by 85 per cent over 2012.

There were 13 murders last year.

Sexual assaults were also up by almost five per cent with over 400 reports.

SIU investigations, where the provincial watchdog looks into serious injuries or deaths involving police, were down to nine. or about half the rate of 2012.

(Hamilton Spectator)

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