Statistics Canada estimates the direct cost of crime in Canada at 6.7* billion dollars annually. These figures do not take into account the additional costs associated with the crime when property has to be replaced or the theft causes other damages to business operations or essential infrastructure such as hydro or industrial facilities. These additional damages can create other safety and security hazards for citizens, employees and emergency response personnel.
Each year, one in four Canadians is directly impacted by crime and all citizens share the cost. One way or another, property theft impacts everyone!
Operation Hands Off is a coordinated theft prevention program that brings together many partners across a wide range of industries including insurance companies, crime prevention organizations and law enforcement agencies to combat the problem.
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*Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Vol. 15 (8), March 1995