You are much more likely to be a victim of a property crime than a violent crime. Results from the 2004 Statistic Canada General Social Survey (GSS) indicate that 28% of Canadians aged 15 years and older reported being victimized one or more times in the 12 months preceding this survey. This survey went on to advise that Alberta has the 4th highest houseld rate of victimization (for property crime). The survey advised that the national frequency of the following crimes were as follows (rates are reflected as per 1,000 population, 15 years and older):
- 181 incidents of theft of personal or household property
- 77 incidents of vandalism
- 75 incidents of assault
- 44 incidents of theft of a motor vehicle (or part of vehicle)
- 39 incidents of break and enter (illegal entry or attempted entry into a residence)
- 21 incidents of sexual assault
- 11 incidents of robbery
Often individuals victimized by a property crime are left to deal with emotions such as shock, fear, guilt and anger (refer to effects of trauma). If you believe you have been a victim of a property crime and you wish to know what you can do, please contact the police service close to you.
If you would like to know what you can expect from the criminal justice system once this crime has been reported, please refer to Alberta's Victims of Crime Protocol. If you have been a victim of a property crime and someone has been charged for this crime you may be:
If you would like more information regarding property crimes, please refer to the information listed on this page, email your questions to Bow Valley Victim Services, or phone 403 760-0197. We would be pleased to be of help.
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