A Defence Lawyer's Look at Calgary Crime in 2014

Calgary—and Canada—saw more than its fair share of crime-related headlines this year. From the incident in Ottawa to local tragedies, we Calgarians have been given plenty of opportunity to focus on people running afoul of the law.

That isn't the whole story, though, and in fact 2014 has been a pretty good year for Calgary as far as crime is concerned:

Calgary has a lower crime rate than Canada as a whole, and has one of the lowest crime rates of any major city, not only in Canada but in the world.

Rates for most types of crime in Calgary continue to drop steadily in light of more focused law enforcement action and more comprehensive prevention and diversion programs.

Calgary was named one of the world's best cities to live, in large part due to a low and falling crime rate.

We live in one of the safest cities in the world, and even that is only part of what makes Calgary so great. As we head into 2015, the headlines might continue to focus on highlights from the past year's crimes, but I'd rather look at how far we've come and where we're headed. Crime is always part of any society—and dedicated criminal defence lawyers a necessary part of any just and free society—but it's a very small part of Calgary's culture, no matter what the headlines say.

Have a safe and happy new year, everyone!

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