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Posted November 29, 2012

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A Snapshot in Time: The Root Causes of Crime in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council released a 20-page report earlier this week called “A Snapshot in Time: The Root Causes of Crime in Waterloo Region” (November 2012). Understanding how the root causes of crime impact Waterloo Region creates opportunities for interventions.

“If we are serious about addressing crime in our community we must recognize and address its causes” said Christiane Sadeler, Executive Director. “After all, prevention is the best course of action.”

A Snapshot in Time provides an overview of how Waterloo Region is doing and tracks fourteen indicators of the causes and consequences of crime – from domestic violence, unemployment, homelessness, children in care, low income families, single parent households, fear of crime and more. By monitoring the root causes of crime, the community will collectively be better positioned to implement proactive solutions to reduce crime, victimization, and fear of crime.

The report follows a simple format. Each indictor has a brief explanation of why it was chosen, followed by a graphical representation of the statistics being tracked and an explanation of the story behind the numbers. These stories present a deeper understanding of what is happening in our community and where opportunities exist for change.

The report is complemented by a pull out infographic summary which presents some of the most important indicators in a manner that is easily understood and visually appealing.

The full report is available at:

The infographic summary of the report is available at:

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