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Chart: How homicides were most commonly committed

Canada's homicide rate has fallen to a 44-year low, hitting 1.62 homicides per 100,000 population in 2010 (or 554 police-reported homicides in total).

Stabbing and shooting have alternated as the most common ways to commit homicides, with guns responsible for half of all of Toronto's homicides in 2010.

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Between them, stabbing, shooting and beating accounted for 84.4 per cent of Canada's homicides in 2010. Other methods include: strangulation or suffocation (7.7 per cent of homicides), vehicle (3.2 per cent) and fire (including death by smoke inhalation or burns) (2.1 per cent). There were four police-reported homicides each due to poisoning and shaken baby syndrome.

Of firearm-related homicides, handguns were used most often. This continues a 20-year trend, as the number of homicides due to rifles or shotguns has steadily fallen.

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Source: Statistics Canada

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