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Total crime 26%
Violent crime 23%
Property crime 27%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from Statistics Canada.
IndexWaterloo/100k peopleOntario/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,448 (estimate)3,4604,679
Violent crime885 (estimate)8881,155
Property crime2,563 (estimate)2,5723,524
Crime data for this area is not available from Statistics Canada, so estimates are used based on demographic data including, but not limited to: home prices, income per capita and population density.

All Crime Incidents

StatisticWaterlooOntarioNational
Total incidentsn/a660,3872,438,520
Incidents per 100kn/a4,5346,487
Change in 100k raten/a0.6%5.4%
All crime incidents includes all violent and property crime as well as criminal code violations (child pornography, disturbing the peace, justice violations), traffic violations (impaired driving), federal statute violations and drug violations.

Persons Charged By Age Group (per 100k)

StatisticWaterlooOntarioNational
All (12+ years)n/a1,6071,961
Youths (12-17)n/a1,2261,605
Adults (18+)n/a1,6381,990

Weighted Clearance Rates

StatisticWaterlooOntarioNational
Clearance raten/a4037
Clearance rate changen/a-2.7%-5.1%
Clearance rate violentn/a6058
Clearance rate propertyn/a3028
More severe crimes such as robberies, assault and homicides are given more weight to the overall clearance rates. Less severe crimes such as vehicle theft, fraud and mischief are given less weight to the overall clearance rates.

Key findings

  • Waterloo crime rates are 26% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Waterloo are 23% lower than the national average
  • In Waterloo you have a 1 in 30 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Waterloo is safer than 75% of the cities in Canada
  • Year over year crime in Waterloo has not changed

Waterloo crime map

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The Waterloo crime map provides an overview of all crimes (per 100k) in Waterloo based on estimates. Estimates include demographic data such as, but not limited to: home prices, median household income and population density. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Waterloo crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a neighbourhood level.

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      Daily Crime In Waterloo (per 100,000 people)

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      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Waterloo

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Waterloo is 1 in 114
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Waterloo is 1 in 40
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Waterloo is 1 in 30

      Year Over Year Crime In Waterloo

      StatisticWaterlooOntarioNational
      Totaln/a0.6%5.1%
      Violentn/a0.6%7.3%
      Propertyn/a0.5%4.1%

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Guelph/Eramosa, ON13,3845401,5652,105
      North Dumfries, ON11,1725661,6412,207
      Wellesley, ON11,9156271,8152,442
      Wilmot, ON22,0176471,8742,521
      Woolwich, ON27,0836611,9152,576
      Cambridge, ON136,3869452,7373,682
      Kitchener, ON250,2741,0773,1164,193
      Waterloo, ON112,3858852,5633,448

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      St. John's, NL114,4271,1893,0224,211
      Thunder Bay, ON109,7391,5124,3775,889
      Delta, BC108,0657643,3544,118
      Terrebonne, QC116,8106011,1711,772
      Saanich, BC117,3405802,5493,129
      Waterloo, ON112,3858852,5633,448
      Source: The Waterloo, ON data and statistics displayed above are derived from Statistics Canada 2019.