Friday, 27 April 2018

Crime Trends Update (April 2018)

As part of a new 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, Shootings, Robberies, Auto Thefts and Thefts from Vehicles.

Residential Break-and-Enters
  • Over the past 2 months, Residential Break-and-Enter incidents are down 10% (compared with the same time last year).
  • The most common point of entry 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.
  • In the past few months, Toronto Police have broken up a crime ring of at least 11 individuals responsible for multiple high-end break-ins across all of Toronto.  

Commercial Break-and-Enters
  • Over the past 2 months, Commercial Break-and-Enter incidents are down 10% (compared with the same time last year).
  • The most common point of entry 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.
  • In the past few months, Toronto Police have arrested at least one individual responsible for multiple incidents in our community.

Shootings
  • Over the past 2 months, there was one Shooting incident which took place near Bloor St. West / Grenview Blvd. South in the Kingsway on April 13, 2018.
  • Toronto Police were able to arrest the individual responsible within 10 hours of the incident. The case is now before the courts.

Robberies
  • Over the past 2 months, Robberies have increased by 25% (compared with the same time last year).
  • The most common targets are 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
  • Over the past 2 months, Auto Thefts have increased by 38% (compared with the same time last year).
  • Vehicles may be stolen from driveways, public streets and/or parking lots. The most common time of day is either overnight or early morning. The most common types of vehicles stolen over the past 2 months 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.

Thefts from Vehicles
  • The number of vehicles being broken into on driveways or public streets and parking lots is about evenly split. In many cases, doors have been left unlocked and/or valuables inside the vehicle have been left in plain sight.
  • When arrested, offenders usually serve minimal sentences and may be back out on the street to re-offend multiple times.
  • Owners are reminded to always lock their doors and keep their valuables hidden out of plain sight, in your trunk if possible.
  • It has also been reported that some thieves are stealing license plates from parked vehicles and using them for “gas and dash” thefts at local gas stations.

Reporting a Crime
Reporting all crimes to the Police when they occur is crucial 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.

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.

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