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Mississauga Safest City in Canada Seven Years Running

Dec 20, 2006

For seven years in a row, Mississauga is Canada's safest City when compared with other major Canadian cities, according to a report commissioned by the Mississauga Crime Prevention Association (MCPA) and prepared by Intercon Security.  The study compared Mississauga's crime rate against Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

"The residents of Mississauga are part of the crime prevention solution," said Mayor Hazel McCallion.  "They are involved, report incidents, look out for their neighbours and take pride in their City."

"Mississauga ranked favourably in all specific crime categories," said MCPA Executive Director Ian Cunningham.  "In reported robberies, it experienced a 19.6 per cent decrease; the greatest decrease compared to the other cities from 2004," Cunningham added.

The study compared the incidence of criminal code offences, including violent crimes, crimes against property and other offences.  The crime rate was calculated on the basis of occurrences per one hundred thousand population using 2005 data.  Mississauga's total crime rate was 3,543 occurrences, down 0.6 per cent from the previous year.

In addition, the study cites Mississauga ranked first, with the lowest rate of crime per 100,000 population in all three major categories of crime (violent crime, property crime, and other criminal code offenses). Mississauga also ranked lower than both the province of Ontario and the nation in these categories.

Cunningham reminds residents of the importance of crime prevention measures at this time of year.  "As we head into the holiday season, it's important to keep crime prevention in mind to ensure that you are not a victim," says Cunningham.

MCPA provides the following suggestions:

  • Create the illusion of occupancy in your home with several on/off timers, operating lights and a radio or TV
  • Always clear snow from your walkway and driveway before you go out
  • Make sure flyers are cleared from your porch
  • Be sure to store your patio furniture, barbeque or lawnmower in a secure location 

For more information on the 2005 Annual Criminal Statistics Analysis report, please contact MCPA Executive Director, Ian Cunningham at 905-615-6272 or at icunningham@mcpa.on.ca.

The Mississauga Crime Prevention Association is driven by the vision of a crime-free city.  Working with the City of Mississauga, Peel Regional Police, the Mississauga Board of Trade, the Peel District School Board and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, MCPA provides programs, services and information that contribute to the reduction of crime in Mississauga and make residents and visitors feel safe.

Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City delivers quality municipal programs and services to its citizens.  Mississauga is recognized as Canada's safest city.

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Media Contact:
Catherine Monast
Senior Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5046
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   catherine.monast@mississauga.ca


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