Crime in Canada?


I have never had the luxury of visiting Canada, but I have known a few really good people from Toronto. A while back, I saw a documentary on Canada and their health system and they were saying that there are many parts where folks don't even lock their doors because the crime rate is virtually non-existant there. Is this true, even in the city like areas? Hearing that was like music to my ears because there is way too much crime in the States, its scary just to send our kids to school these days!
Aug 19, 2013 @ 02:50 pm

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maybe in the rural areas

There's crime in Canada too, and I don't know anybody who keeps their doors unlocked in urban/suburban areas. Certainly the statistics suggest that Canada has less crime than US (even accounting for differences in population numbers), but it's far from crime-free. Every city has areas that are safer and areas that are more problematic.
Aug 19, 2013 @ 03:16 pm


I had a feeling that couldn't be really true lol..wouldn't it be nice though?
Aug 19, 2013 @ 04:17 pm


I think depending on where you live, it is very possible that people leave their doors open at night. Most parts of the city (Toronto), I would not recommend it since the crime rates are higher there. I live out in the suburbs... waaaaaay out - I have forgotten to lock my door, my neighbourhood is very quiet, crime almost none - OPP (provincial police) patrols here regularly, just driving through making sure everything is kosher.

Our violent crime is a lot lower than the US - from what I can tell according to the stats. I have family in the USA, and I do feel a lot less safe there than I do here. The first time I ever saw a gun (other than on a cop or a hunting rifle) was in the USA. I was visiting my cousin and she took me to some bar, and two guys got into some sort of altercation and pulled guns on each other, needless to say this poor little canuck was scared ;-)
Aug 20, 2013 @ 12:12 am

hello, im a canadian. :)

hellow, im from winnipeg city, canada... and lets talk about doors...
we do lock our doors in the front and in the back. period.
maybe the thing you heard about "not locking the door" is probably about bedrooms and such cause honestly, (in out house) we dont have locks for indoor doors (indoor doors, lol that sounds weird. hahaha!)

for sure you will think that "oh, she lives in canada, maybe she's just saying that for blah blah blah." NO, DONT THINK IM BIAS OR TAKING SIDES. this is just my opinion. been here in canada for 5 years and i've never seen crimes, not even once.

i think, this country is one of the friendliest country ever... like i always get random greetings and compliments to total strangers in the street.

im not just speaking for myself... here, i fount a site that list down top ten friendliest country.

i hope that helps a bit :)
Aug 20, 2013 @ 02:03 am

I don't lock my doors

I have lived in the city of Gatineau (boarders our capital Ottawa) for years and I do not lock my doors when I am gone or when I am home awake... I only lock them when I am sleeping. I also come from a small town about an hour and a half away from Ottawa and most people there do not lock their doors day or night... for example my friend was gone for the whole weekend and was not reachable and I had left something at her place the weekend before... I knew that if I went to her place I could walk right in and pick up what I had forgotten... I did just that... I sent her a message on FB the following Monday to tell her I had picked up my thing and she was fine with it.
Aug 20, 2013 @ 10:44 am

Oh ya

And I never lock my car doors either... and when I am back home in my small town.. I don't even take the keys out of the ignition...
Aug 20, 2013 @ 10:46 am


That would be so nice to not have to lock your doors all the time, or be scared if you forgot to do so. I see some people where I am (Atlanta of ALL places) not lock their car doors and leaving the keys in the ignition as they run into a store and my heart races. When they come out I tell them they shouldn't do that because next time they might come out and not have a car and that is a fact. Crime here is so bad that there are women who won't even go outside when a group of men are around (because they shoot women and kids here much more often then men).

@Xhiao1994- I wasn't accusing anyone of being biased, I always heard that Canada was really nice and the people I have met from there are always so pleasant. As everywhere, I am sure there are places that are more prone to crime and less prone.
Aug 20, 2013 @ 01:42 pm
Ali de Bold

Quite safe

Overall, Canada is quite a safe country. It's like others have said: if you live in a major city, you lock your doors. If you're in the country you might not bother all the time.

You should always watch your back regardless of where you live. I've also traveled a fair bit to the US and other major cities in Europe and have felt safe in most places. You just have to know which areas to avoid by talking to locals and doing your research. And of course never walk around at night alone.
Aug 20, 2013 @ 02:02 pm


@nscott84 - i wasn't saying that you were saying that im biased. (oh god, my sentence just sound weird if you get my point) but overall, it still depend on what people/tourist feel about the place specially when it comes to safeness. if you are going to visit canada, with the your family or kids... still depend if you want and comfortable with locking the door and feel safe and sound or you can "not lock" the door and careless. (others call is taking it risk, but i dont think its risky at all) whatever it is... just do whatever you feel comfortable..

but with the general idea, we are not only talking about doors here right?
it doesn't matter where you are, i mean... whether you are in a friendly country or not...
you should keep your eye for yourself, and keep safe always. :)
Aug 20, 2013 @ 11:48 pm

Farm community

We live on a farm in Ontario and the crime rate is really low here but still now and then something does happens' usually just by local teens stealing something or so it seems. I know a lot of my neighbours leave their homes unlocked and a few that do not even have locks that work at all. When there has been a large crime in our area it is someone in one of the larger cities like Toronto that have been found commited it. I feel safe most of the time living here with the exception of wolves and coyotes at night.
Aug 21, 2013 @ 05:01 pm

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