MONCTON, NB -  Newly released crime stats show Saint John’s crime rate dropped by 14 per cent last year.

That’s the second best performance of any census metropolitan area in the country.

According to Statistics Canada, the port city is 13th in the country in terms of crime rates with 6,386 crimes per 100-thousand people.

Moncton’s crime rate is lower at  5,960 crimes per 100-thousand, an increase of about 3 per cent.

Of the 33 census metropolitan areas in the country Moncton  was the only city to see it’s crime rate go up.

It’s not all doom and gloom for the hub city though as there are indications that violent crime was down by about 7 per cent.

Nationally, the crime rate dropped 6 per cent in 2011 and was at its lowest level in 40 years.