Toronto Crime hot spots are concentrated around the northwest and the core of the city according to police data that was recorded over the last seven years. The data is split up into sexual assaults, break-ins, assaults, robberies, stolen vehicles, drug charges, thefts over $5,000 and homicides.
Moss Park is ranked first in Toronto for drug charges while the university neighborhood is ranked eighth for break-ins. Bedford Park-Nortown, which is located in central Toronto, rated the highest in break-ins.
An attempted murder, five home invasions, a kidnapping, and a robbery occurred over a 24 hour period on October 16 and 17 in 2012. According to police, a group went from door to door terrorizing the neighborhood. Kidnapping victims were forced to knock on doors while the suspects burst into the homes looking for electronics, cash, and jewelry. A 28 year old man and two girls aged 15 and 16 were arrested. One man was shot and lost a kidney after he refused to open his door while a 34-year-old woman was pistol whipped at another location.
On November 12, 2012, a man forced his way into a home after ringing the doorbell in the Lawrence Ave and Avenue Road are. Two women opened the door after the man offered them a free newspaper. The women declined which forced the man inside. He threatened the women with a knife and sexually assaulted both of them. He was injured after a struggle and fled the scene taking cellphones and jewelry. Police are calling this a rare crime in a very upscale neighborhood.
On November 10, 2012, medals from WWI and WWII were stolen from a home in Scarborough. The break-in, which occurred over Remembrance Day weekend, was, according to the police, atrocious. The medals belonged to the father and grandfather of the homeowner. A basement window was the sight of the break-in. Personal items and a small amount of jewelry were also taken.
Crime happens everywhere, but it can be prevented if you take the right precautions. If you would like more information on how you can keep your home and family safe from intruders follow this link.