Knife-related homicides rise: StatsCan
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 | 6:32 PM ET
The number of homicides committed with knives has risen in Canada and equals the number committed with guns for the first time since 1974, according to a new report from Statistics Canada.
In 2008, 34 per cent of 611 homicides reported by police were committed with knives, a seven per cent increase from 1999 and more than double the approximately 15 per cent level of 1974, the first year for which homicide data is available.
The proportion of homicides involving guns, meanwhile, dropped significantly — from approximately 48 per cent in 1974 to 34 per cent in 2008.
(Staff Sgt. Brian) Jones said owners of guns that were seized can let RCMP hang onto their firearms if they can't return to their homes, yet. He said it's also OK if they want to store the guns with someone else.
"If the owner wants them and they have a place they can safely store them, we'll give them back," Jones said.
In a statement Friday, the RCMP said officers found that many gun owners had actually laid out their guns in plain view in order to move valuable possessions to higher ground in their homes.
Jones said some gun owners in High River were happy to hear that their weapons were safe.
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Originally posted by masqua
They didn't take the knives because they were confused over which was more dangerous... the steak knives, butter knives, paring knives, cheese knife or the fishing knives. Then there were all those sharp forks and stuff. Don't forget scissors either.
On the other hand, it could be that there's a definite law about storing firearms safely, but not so much about kitchen cutlery.
Plenty of High Riverites have reported that upon returning to their homes the only footprints left behind by authorities appear to be those going to closets and other gun hiding places. Some posts on online forums claim Mounties took rifles or shotguns out of locked cases and left the cases behind.
One gun owner insists his guns were cable-locked in a wall rack — i.e. safely stored — yet police cut the cable and took the guns.