Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Crime Trends Update (June 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.

Break-and-Enters (Residential)
  • Over the past 60 days, there have been 29 reported Residential Break-ins — down 5% (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)
  • Over the past 60 days, there have been 19 reported Commercial Break-ins — down 5% (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.

Shootings

Robberies
  • Over the past 60 days, there have been 14 reported Robberies — down 7% (compared with the same time last year).
  • 67% of incidents were around schools, 20% were on commercial properties, and 13% were in or around apartment buildings.
  • 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 60 days, there have been 54 reported Auto Thefts — up 25% (compared with the same time last year).
  • 83% of vehicles were stolen from streets and/or parking lots. 17% 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.

Thefts from Vehicles
  • Over the past 60 days, there have been 80 reported Thefts from Vehicles — down 23% (compared with the same time last year).
  • 71% were from vehicles parked in streets and/or parking lots. 29% 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 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.

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.

Neighbourhood 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.

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