Hamilton Crime Trends During COVID-19

Hamilton Police have seen shifts in crime trends as a result of the recent changes to daily life caused by COVID-19. Overall, reported crime in Hamilton has decreased approximately 12.5 per cent in Hamilton since the State of Emergency was declared on March 17, 2020 compared to the same timeframe last year. 

The categories of crime that have decreased over this time period include:

Category Percentage
Assaults 26% decrease
Domestics 1% decrease
Fraud 3% decrease
Impaired Driving 22% decrease
Theft of Auto 19% decrease
Traffic Violations 14% decrease
Weapon Offences 12% decrease

Some types of incidents have seen increases since March 17, these include the following:

Category Percentage
Commercial Break and Enter 131% increase             
Stunt Driving 23% increase
Theft from Auto 1% increase

Please note that these statistics are unaudited, are subject to change and are not considered official crime stats.

In response to an increase in Commercial Break and Enters, Hamilton Police have increased patrols around closed businesses, as well as engaged with local BIAs and the Chamber of Commerce to offer additional Crime Prevention support. Tips for business owners to protect their property during the closures can be found at www.hamiltonpolice.on.ca/covid-19.

Hamilton Police have also noted an increase in speeding on Hamilton’s roads. While traffic volume may be lighter due to social distancing, there is still an expectation that road users will act responsibly and within the law. Beginning on May 4, Hamilton Police will be conducting a road safety campaign aimed at addressing increased speeds and stunt driving.

Over the past several weeks, Hamilton Police have received 1089 calls related to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). The calls have been related to non-essential businesses operating, gatherings of over five people and using prohibited amenities. To date, there have been 34 tickets issued under the EMCPA.

Access to Hamilton Police facilities remains restricted to the public. In an emergency, call 9-1-1. In the case of a non-emergency, call 905-546-4925 or report online at www.hamiltonpolice.on.ca. Hamilton Police continue to respond to calls for service, investigate crimes, and patrol neighbourhoods to keep our community safe.