is a Toronto neighbourhood
that is located in the North York
area of the city. The neighbourhood’s boundaries are Steeles Avenue
in the north, Bathurst Street
in the west, Bayview Avenue
in the east and just north of Finch Avenue
in the south. The neighbourhood is roughly centered around Yonge Street
. Newtonbrook was an independent municipality in the 19th century. The neighbourhood was subdivided and redeveloped in the 1950s and a number of single detached or semi-detached houses were built. Many of these homes have since been demolished and larger homes or townhouse complexes have been built in their place. The neighbourhood is home to Newtonbrook Plaza, Centerpoint Mall, Cummer Park Fitness Centre and Esther Shiner stadium as well as Saint Agnes Catholic School and Newtonbrook Secondary School.
Newtonbrook Crime Rates
In order to truly capture the crime statistics of a region, it is important to not just consider the specific region in question, but the surrounding areas as well. In the case of Newtonbrook, nearby Willowdale
should also be taken into account, among other areas. The Newtonbrook neighbourhood can be broken down into two regions. The area west of Yonge Street is known as Newtonbrook West
while the area east of Yonge is considered Newtonbrook East
. In the region bordered by Steeles Avenue in the north, Bathurst Street in the west, Drewry Avenue in the south and Chelmsford Avenue and Village Gate in the east, there is an average of 6.35 crimes against people per 1000 living and working in the region. There is an average of 18.65 crimes against property per 1000. South of Drewry Avenue, in the area bordered by Drewry, Bathurst Street, Finch Avenue and Yonge Street, there is an average of 6.53 crimes against people and 21.48 crimes against property. The area bordered by Chelmsford Avenue in the west, Drewry Avenue in the south, Yonge Street in the east and Pleasant Avenue and Moore Park Avenue in the north sees an average of 6.53 crimes against people per 1000 and 15.82 crimes against property. North of Pleasant Avenue and Moore Park Avenue to Steeles, still between Yonge and Chelmsford/Village Gate, there is an average of 5.86 crimes against people and 32.41 crimes against property. East of Yonge Street, in the area bordered by Steeles, Yonge, Bayview and Newton Drive, there is an average of 6.27 crimes against people and 12.2 crimes against property. South of Newton Drive to Cummer Avenue, there is an average of 5.39 crimes against people and 16.11 crimes against property. In the region south of Cummer to Finch, between Yonge Street and Bayview Avenue, there is an average of 3.27 crimes against people and 9.56 crimes against property.
In October 2011, a woman was shot and killed by Toronto Police on Wedgewood Drive near Yonge Street and Cummer Avenue. From CBC News:
Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating after a Toronto officer shot a 52-year-old woman dead at a north Toronto home Friday morning. The woman, identified as Sylvia Klibingaitis, was shot in the chest at around 9:30 a.m. outside a home at 51 Wedgewood Dr., near Yonge Street and Finch Avenue. She was rushed to Sunnybrook hospital with serious injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival. Klibingaitis, who lived with her 83-year-old mother, was reportedly threatening an officer with a knife. Police were responding to a call at the address.
In June 2011, a man was stabbed in the Bathurst and Steeles area. From the Toronto Star:
A man was stabbed in the back Wednesday night near Bathurst and Steeles. The 29-year-old was found lying in the lobby of 775 Steeles Ave. West near Bathurst St. with his girlfriend by his side. Police got the call around 10:30 p.m. They don’t yet know whether the stabbing occurred in the building. There are no suspects at this point.
A teenager was stabbed in the Drewry Avenue and Rodeo Court area in January 2011. Also from the Toronto Star:
Police have a suspect in custody after a 17-year-old was stabbed three times at an apartment complex in North York. Emergency crews were called to a building in a residential neighbourhood at Drewry Ave. and Rodeo Ct.