Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Crime Trends Update (March 2019)

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)
  • In the past 60 days, there have been 39 reported Residential Break-ins — up 14% (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.
  • It was reported at the January 2019 CPLC meeting that an individual who had been following courier trucks and stealing packages from front doorsteps has been arrested for multiple incidents. 
  • It was also reported at the March 2019 CPLC meeting that another individual has been arrested for up to 8 break-and-enter incidents

Break-and-Enters (Commercial)
  • In the past 60 days, there have been 40 reported Commercial Break-ins — up 14% (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
  • In the past 60 days, there have been 21 reported Robberies — no change (compared with the same time last year).
  • 62% of incidents were on commercial properties, 33% were outside, and 5% were on 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
  • In the past 60 days, there have been 57 reported Auto Thefts — down 13% (compared with the same time last year).
  • 57% of vehicles were stolen from streets and/or parking lots, 43% of vehicles were stolen from driveways. The most common time of day is either overnight or early morning. 
  • Historically, the most common makes of vehicles stolen have been late-model Toyota, Lexus and Honda (especially SUV models).
  • Once stolen, vehicles are often taken out of the city and may be shipped out of the country within 24-48 hours, making them nearly impossible to recover.
  • 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, enabling them to unlock and steal vehicles without triggering the alarm. If you own a vehicle with a remote entry key fob, please store it away from the entrances to your home and/or in an RF-shielded container.
  • There has also been a rise in the number of tractor trailers stolen.

Thefts from Vehicles
  • In the past 60 days, there have been 89 reported Thefts from Vehicles — up 64% (compared with the same time last year).
  • 72% were from vehicles parked in streets and/or parking lots, 28% were from vehicles parked in driveways. The most common time of day is either overnight or early morning. 
  • Owners are reminded to always lock their doors and keep their valuables hidden out of plain sight, in the trunk if possible — especially while shopping during the holidays. In many cases, doors have been left unlocked and/or valuables inside the vehicle have been left in plain sight.
  • When arrested, offenders often 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, enabling them to unlock and steal vehicles without triggering the alarm. If you own a vehicle with a remote entry key fob, please store it away from the entrances to your home and/or in an RF-shielded container.
  • The seemingly large increase in reported in Thefts from Vehicles may not necessarily mean that there has been a large increase in incidents, but simply a large increase in the number of incidents being reported. If you have something stolen from your vehicle, please report it to the Police.

Shootings / Homicides

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.

Neighbourhood and 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.

22 Division has also introduced an expanded Neighbourhood Officer program in the East Mall - West Mall and the Islington - City Centre West neighbourhoods. Neighbourhood Officers are dedicated to working proactively within these neighbourhoods to help ensure the safety and security of the local community.

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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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