Hamilton is bucking the national trend on crime.
Statistics Canada says Canada’s crime rate 3% and its severity index rose 5% in 2015.
But in Hamilton, the crime rate and crime severity index both fell in 2015, compared to the year before.
In Ontario, the crime rate stayed the same, but the severity index rose 2% from the year earlier.
The rise in the national CSI, which measures the volume and severity of police-reported crime, was primarily a result of more incidents of fraud, breaking and entering, robbery, and homicide, according to Statscan.
There were approximately 92,000 youth accused of a Criminal Code offence in 2015, about 2,700 fewer than in the previous year. Youth include persons aged 12 to 17 years.
From 2014 to 2015, the Youth Crime Severity Index (YCSI) declined for the ninth consecutive year, down 1% to 60.6.