Centretown’s crime rate well above city average, but getting lower

The crime rate in Somerset Ward was more than three times higher than the rest of Ottawa last year.

According to the Ottawa Police Service’s 2013 “Crime, Police, and Traffic Statistics Report,” Centretown had a rate of more than 12,000 offenses per 100,000 people in 2013. The city average was roughly 3,700 offenses per 100,000 people.
Centretown also had the highest crime rate of any city ward. The Rideau-Vanier ward did have more crimes against persons and property than Centretown, but it had far fewer “other offences,” such as bail violations, weapon violations, or breach of probation. read more

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War memorial back open to the public

Eric Murphy, Centretown NewsEric Murphy, Centretown News    A close up of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which has been walled of for six months during renovations.Earlier this week, the grey wooden walls went down around Ottawa’s National War Memorial, revealing its bronze soldiers and stone tomb to the public for the first time in six months.

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