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Imaginez, même Le Globe and mail trouve des bon points sur Montréal c'est temps ci.


Source: Globe and mail


Montreal's murder rate reaches record low

With 29 homicides recorded for 2008, police argue city one of the safest in North America


MONTREAL -- In the 1970s, 80s and into the 90s, Montreal was saddled with scores of murders each year, a bloody battle that kept police busy and the crime tabloids happy. This year is closing out with a different kind of Montreal crime story: Homicides have hit record lows.


Police report that, provided there are none today and tomorrow, 2008 is ending with 29 homicides, the smallest number recorded since the creation of the force in 1972.


Since murder is considered a reliable barometer of social violence, police cautiously argue that Montreal is one of the safest major North American cities. Attempted murders are down, too.


"Montreal is becoming like the suburbs," said Clément Rose, police commander of the major crimes division in Montreal. "People have this impression that Montreal is violent. That impression is false, really false, and these figures are real."


Cdr. Rose said homicides have dropped so sharply, his 30-odd investigators have been devoting themselves to cold cases dating back as far as 1969.


For the past four years, Montreal has recorded the lowest homicide rate among Canada's five biggest cities - the others are Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.


Toronto and Calgary, meanwhile, each recorded their highest homicide rate last year since the early 1990s.


By way of comparison, Phoenix, a U.S. city of similar to size to Montreal, recorded more than 200 homicides last year. Philadelphia, with close to Montreal's population, had nearly 400.


Several causes are cited for Montreal's drop.


Police say efforts targeting street gangs have helped radically cut gang-related deaths; they fell to seven this year, half last year's total.


Cdr. Rose said police have actively worked with leaders in immigrant and minority communities, who act as effective liaisons to resolve problems.


"We've developed a better understanding of the street-gang phenomenon. It has let us develop informants and a better information network," he said.


"In the long term, when you develop partnerships and friendships with these groups, it can't hurt."


Homicides have also dropped since an anti-biker operation in 2001 put many organized-crime figures behind bars.


Few homicides are committed by strangers, the kind of random crime that most frightens city dwellers.


The overwhelmingly number of homicide victims in Montreal, as elsewhere, knew their attackers.


Criminologists point to larger social shifts for the drop in homicides in Montreal. An aging population helps, something credited with bringing down the homicide rate across North America.


"By the age of 40, you just don't have the guts to shoot people," Cdr. Rose said. "Everyone at 40 is more rational. Even crooks are more rational."


But criminologists say that relative stability may help explain in part why homicide rates are consistently higher in Western Canada than in the east. The fast-growing cities of the West tend to be magnets for a younger, more mobile population.


"An older society is a society in which people learn to live in peace with one another over time," said Maurice Cusson, a criminologist at the University of Montreal.


Experts say it's noteworthy that a province with a dipping homicide rate - homicide in Quebec as a whole hit a 40-year low last year - is known for taking a distinctive approach toward dealing with offenders, favouring rehabilitation over harsh punishment.


Quebeckers' attitude has placed it at odds with the tough law-and-order approach promoted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives.


Quebec City, the province's second-largest urban centre, didn't record a single homicide in 2007 - a first for a large Canadian city since Statistics Canada began keeping figures in 1981.


"Quebec is one province that has placed an emphasis on diverting people from the justice system and finding alternatives to prison," said Margaret Shaw, a criminologist at the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime in Montreal.


Sometimes, even police acknowledge that luck can play a role in keeping down crime. Cdr. Rose says there's no way of knowing what a new year will bring; some say an economic downturn can have an impact on crime.


"Right now, people love one another in Montreal," he said, half jokingly. "There is love in the city. All we can hope is that the same is true in 2009."


Murder in major cities


Criminologists say the Western Canadian cities have higher murder rates because of younger, more mobile populations.


Homicides per 100,000 population

3.28 Edmonton

3.14 Calgary

2.41 Vancouver

2.01 Toronto


1.58 Montreal

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Homicides per 100,000 population

3.28 Edmonton

3.14 Calgary

2.41 Vancouver

2.01 Toronto


1.58 Montreal


And now compare to USA...


1. Compton, Calif. 67.1

2. Gary, Ind. 58.0

3. Birmingham, Ala. 44.3


Straight outta compton!




wow the US national average in 2005... is what wow lol thats insane

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Comme l'article mentionne, une ville comme philadelphie qui a à peu prêt la même population que Montréal avec 1.5 millions a eu l'an passé plus de 400 homicides. Pheonix 200. On parle quand même des 6e et 5e plus grande population au USA. On parle pas de village ici.

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Intéressant de comparer avec l'Europe également pour 2005.


Écosse 2,33

Espagne 1,02

Italie 0,96

Angleterre/Pays de Galles 0,7

Allemagne 0,68




Ou avec d'autres villes du monde pour 2005


Moscou 18.2

New York 9.32

Belfast 5.23

Londres 2.36

Paris 2.21

Tokyo 1.17



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