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Friday, September 28, 2018

Crime Trends Update (September 2018)

As part of our on-going segment, we will be publishing periodic reports on recent crime trends in our community which have been observed by the Toronto Police Service over the past few months. These statistics were shared publicly by the Officers from 22 Division at the most recent Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) meeting earlier this week.

The following statistics encompass all neighbourhoods in 22 Division and address 5 major crimes; Break-and-Enters, Robberies, Auto Thefts, Thefts from Vehicles and Shootings / Homicides.

Break-and-Enters (Residential)
  • This summer (July 1 - August 31), there have been 44 reported Residential Break-ins — no change (compared with the same time last year).
  • The most common entry point continues to be large patio doors which have either been smashed or removed to gain entry to the home. The most common items stolen are jewellery and/or small electronics.

Break-and-Enters (Commercial)
  • This summer (July 1 - August 31), there have been 24 reported Commercial Break-ins — no change (compared with the same time last year).
  • The most common entry point continues to be large front windows which have been smashed to gain entry to the premises. The most common time of day is either overnight or early morning. The most common items stolen are cash and/or cash registers.

Robberies
  • This summer (July 1 - August 31), there have been 31 reported Robberies — down 9% (compared with the same time last year).
  • 55% of incidents were on commercial properties, 35% were outside, and 10% were on public transit or transit related properties.
  • The most common targets tend to be students outside schools being robbed by other students (or young adults) who may or may not be from the same school. The most common items stolen are phones, wallets, money and/or school bags.
  • Students are reminded to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings — especially when listening to music or using their phones — and to keep their valuables out of plain sight.

Auto Thefts
  • This summer (July 1 - August 31), there have been 52 reported Auto Thefts — up 10% (compared with the same time last year).
  • 54% of vehicles were stolen from streets and/or parking lots, 46% of vehicles were stolen from driveways. The most common time of day is either overnight or early morning. 
  • Historically, the most common types of vehicles stolen have been Toyota Highlanders (2008-2017 models), Honda Civics or CRVs (1997-2000 models), and Mercedes (2010-2018 models).
  • Once stolen, vehicles are often taken out of the city immediately and may be shipped out of the country within 24-48 hours.
  • Owners are reminded to always lock their doors and to keep their vehicle(s) out of sight or in their garage, if possible.
  • This summer we witnessed what appeared to be incidents of thieves using handheld devices to scan for remote entry key fobs from outside residents’ homes. If you own a vehicle with a remote entry key fob, please store it away from the entrances to your home and if possible, store it in an RF-shielded container.

Thefts from Vehicles
  • This summer (July 1 - August 31), there have been 128 reported Thefts from Vehicles — down 9% (compared with the same time last year).
  • 57% were from vehicles parked in streets and/or parking lots, 43% were from vehicles parked in driveways. The most common time of day is either overnight or early morning. 
  • In many cases, doors have been left unlocked and/or valuables inside the vehicle have been left in plain sight. Owners are reminded to always lock their doors and keep their valuables hidden out of plain sight, in the trunk if possible.
  • When arrested, offenders usually serve minimal sentences and can be back on the street to re-offend multiple times.
  • It has also been reported that some thieves may be stealing license plates from parked vehicles and using them for “gas and dash” thefts at local gas stations.
  • This summer we witnessed what appeared to be incidents of thieves using handheld devices to scan for remote entry key fobs from outside residents’ homes. If you own a vehicle with a remote entry key fob, please store it away from the entrances to your home and if possible, store it in an RF-shielded container.

Shootings / Homicides
  • This summer (July 1 - August 31), there was 1 reported Homicide near The West Mall / Evans Ave. at Sherway Gardens on August 18, 2018.
  • The incident was covered by most local media outlets and was solved soon after. 

Reporting a Crime
Reporting all crimes to the Police when they occur is critical to reducing the amount of criminal activity in our neighbourhoods. If crimes are not reported, the Officers at 22 Division cannot be made aware of them. When crimes are reported, the Officers at 22 Division can re-allocate their resources accordingly to prevent repeat offences.

Officers at 22 Division have remarked several times about how helpful the residents living and working in Central and South Etobicoke have been in helping to solve crimes. As a result, we have been told that 22 Division has one of the highest clearance rates for solved cases in the greater Toronto area.

Community Response Officers
22 Division is made up of 12 neighbourhoods. Each of these neighbourhoods has a number of dedicated Community Response Officers assigned to it. Your Community Response Officers know your neighbourhood well and need your help to keep it a safe place for your and your family.

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If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.