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Neighbourhood Crime Reports

New Toronto Crime Report

The neighbourhood of New Toronto is located in the south-west area of the city in the former City of Etobicoke. It was once an independent municipality. The neighbourhood’s boundaries are Lake Ontario in the south, the Canadian National Railway lines in the north, Dwight Avenue in the east and Twenty-Third Street in the west. The neighbourhood is a mix of residential homes, commercial businesses and an industrial area.

New Toronto Crime Statistics

The crime against people in New Toronto is generally quite low though the crime against property is considered high.In the area bordered by Dwight Avenue, Fourteenth Street, Lake Ontario and Lake Shore Boulevard, there is an average of 11.67 crimes against people per 1000 living and working in the region and 23.87 crimes against property. North of Lake Shore to the railway tracks, there is an average of 11.19 crimes against people and 19.75 crimes against property.The area bordered by Fourteenth Street, Twenty-Third Street, Lake Shore Boulevard and Lake Ontario has an average of 8.92 crimes against people and 48.09 crimes against property per 1000 living and working in the area. This is one of the Toronto neighbourhoods with the most property crime.  North of Lake Shore in this area there is an average of 20.32 crimes against people and 28.43 crimes against property.

New Toronto Crime Information

In May 2011 a man was stabbed in the Lake Shore Boulevard and Islington Avenue area. He suffered multiple stab wounds. From CP24:
Police said the victim was stabbed during some kind of dispute in the 2800 block of Lake Shore Boulevard West near Islington Avenue shortly before 1 a.m.
In December 2011 a man was stabbed near Lake Shore Boulevard and Kipling Avenue. According to the Toronto Star, “the man was rushed to trauma centre with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.”In 2010, a man was charged with impersonating a police officer to rob an apartment in New Toronto. From Inside Toronto:
A Toronto court officer is charged with impersonating a police officer after an Etobicoke woman was the victim Wednesday night of an armed robbery in her New Toronto apartment. A second man has also been charged. A third male suspect is outstanding. There are no descriptions available.Around 9:20 p.m. July 28, the woman answered a knock on the door of her Sixth Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West-area apartment. Three men, one armed with a handgun, forced their way into the apartment, police said. The men demanded property, police said, then fled. The woman did not sustain any injuries.
Also in 2010, a 13-year-old boy was stabbed behind the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, the Toronto Maple Leafs practice facility. Also from Inside Toronto:
An argument between two 13-year-old boys turned violent Sunday night after one was stabbed behind the Leafs’ practice arena in New Toronto.Police said the boy was transported to hospital March 21 with non-life threatening injuries, treated and released. The boys know one another and attend the same school, Det.-Sgt. Madelaine Tretter of 22 Division’s criminal investigation bureau said Monday.
In 2008 a man was found with no vital signs in a New Toronto residence. He was suffering from multiple stab wounds. From CityTV:
Detectives are hunting for a suspect in a homicide that started out as an unknown trouble call.When officers arrived at a residence on Coin St. near Lake Shore and Islington, they found the victim suffering from serious stab wounds. He had no vital signs, and although paramedics tried to revive him, he was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem has determined the multiple stab wounds caused his death.
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Moss Park Crime Report

Moss Park is a Toronto neighbourhood located south of Dundas Street, between Jarvis Street and Parliament Street. The southern boundary is usually considered to be Queen Street. Moss Park Toronto is a largely residential neighbourhood and it is home to several community housing projects.It is one of the Toronto neighbourhoods with the most property crime. The region also ranked first in violent crime among Toronto neighbourhoods, according to the Toronto Star.There is an average of 20.81 crimes against people per 1,000 in the area and 45.94 crimes against property per 1,000.In 2007, a man was shot in the head and killed inside an apartment building. From CP24:
A man in his mid-20s was gunned down in a downtown apartment building on Shuter and Sherbourne Streets. He was shot in the head just after 9 p.m., police say. They found his body on the seventh floor, near the elevators.The victim was rushed to St. Michael’s hospital but he was pronounced dead soon after arriving. Investigators are scouring through security camera tapes, hoping to catch a glimpse of the suspect.
Security cameras are vital tools in identifying, capturing and prosecuting criminals. Police often look for available security footage almost immediately after discovering that a crime has taken place. Installing a security camera in your home or business is an excellent way to protect your property and stay safe. SafeTech Alarms Systems is experienced with installing security cameras in homes and businesses. For more information, please contact us today.In 2010, a man was beaten to death in what appeared to be a revenge attack for an earlier robbery. From the Toronto Star:
Friends of a Toronto man who was beaten to death with a baseball bat on a downtown street corner say the attack was payback from the victim of a $25 robbery.Police, who have not released Simpson’s name, say he was involved in a street fight with another man that started around 9 p.m. and ended with the victim being taken to St. Michael’s Hospital. He was pronounced dead the next day, just after 5 p.m.People who knew Simpson said word had travelled quickly that he was attacked by a man he had robbed of $25 at knifepoint earlier the same evening.Police, who have not released Simpson’s name, say he was involved in a street fight with another man that started around 9 p.m. and ended with the victim being taken to St. Michael’s Hospital. He was pronounced dead the next day, just after 5 p.m.People who knew Simpson said word had travelled quickly that he was attacked by a man he had robbed of $25 at knifepoint earlier the same evening.
In a very high-profile 2005 case, a homeless man was beaten to death in Moss Park. Also from the Toronto Star:
On Aug. 31, 2005, 59-year-old Paul Croutch was beaten to death in the wee hours of the morning at Moss Park, in downtown Toronto.There was no evidence during the trial that Croutch had ever fought back. Croutch, a one-time community newspaper publisher, was sleeping in a well-lit area. He was afraid of shelters and found them to be dangerous. He used garbage bags in an attempt to protect himself from the pouring rain.Croutch also had been in poor health. He suffered from heart disease, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, emphysema and swelling in the legs.During the incident, Croutch was kicked and punched in the head, midsection and back. Before being taken off life-support several hours later at St. Michael’s Hospital, he had suffered fractured ribs, a torn spleen and a fatal brain injury.
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Mimico Crime Report

Mimico is a Toronto neighbourhood that is located in the former City of Etobicoke in the west end of Toronto. Mimico is a historic town that was once its own municipality. Mimico is located west of Fleeceline Road and Louisa Street and it stretches as far west as Dwight Avenue and St. George Street. The neighbourhood’s northern boundary is Evans Avenue, Algoma Street and Manitoba Street and Lake Ontario in the south.Mimico is a largely residential neighbourhood, though it does have some commercial strips and some industrial areas.While crimes against people are average, crimes against property in Mimico are somewhat high.In the area west of Fleeceline Road, south of Manchester Street and north of Lake Shore Boulevard, stretching to Queens Avenue and Royal York Road in the west, there is an average of 10.07 crimes against people per 1,000 people living and working in the area. There is an average of 23.97 crimes against property in this region.From Queens Avenue west to Dwight Avenue and south of Manchester Street, there is an average of 7.52 crimes against people and 15.44 crimes against property.North of Manchester Street, stretching across the length of Mimico, there is an average of 7.99 crimes against people and 31.38 crimes against property.In April 2010, a shooting took place in a Mimico barbershop that left two people in hospital with serious injuries. It was just before 8pm on April 23, 2010 when a man walked into a barbershop at Lake Shore Boulevard and Royal York Boulevard with a gun. He fired several shots which sent patrons running from the shop in fear. The gunman fled the scene before police arrived.A few months later, in August 2010, a woman was attacked on Royal York Road near Mimico GO Station in a separate crime. The woman was hit in the head (reportedly with a hammer) and sexually assaulted by an unknown man. The man escaped the scene of the crime.In 2008, a 72-year-old double amputee was stabbed to death in his apartment near Lake Shore Boulevard and Islington.Unfortunately, as with every large city and every neighbourhood in every large city, there will always be some criminal activity. However, rather than become a victim of crime, you can prepare yourself to prevent, deter and catch criminals in the act.Having a home security system that is equipped with a monitored alarm system will prevent people from being able to access your home without the proper authorities being notified immediately. Monitored home security systems are connected to a central monitoring station that protects your home at all times.For additional security, video surveillance cameras offer not only the protection of being able to see what is taking place in your home or business at all times, but they also have the added advantage of recording all activity. This is critical for identifying and prosecuting criminals. Video evidence is a powerful tool for police as well as in court.These security services not only protect you from crime, but they also act as a criminal deterrent.
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Milliken Crime Report

Milliken, also known as Milliken Mills, is a Toronto neighbourhood that is located in the former Scarborough area of the city. The area’s boundaries are Finch Avenue and McNicoll Avenue in the south, Warden Avenue in the west, Middlefield Road in the east and Steeles Avenue in the north. The area in the Town of Markham to 14th Avenue, between Warden and Markham Road is often considered part of the Milliken region, despite being in Markham and not in the actual City of Toronto.

Milliken Crime Statistics

The neighbourhood of Milliken is broken down into several smaller areas for the purposes of crime statistics. It is important to note that crime does not suddenly stop at a certain street or dividing line, so the crime for the entire neighbourhood and the surrounding should be taken into account when researching crime statistics for any region.In the area bordered by Steeles Avenue in the north, McNicoll Avenue in the south, Warden Avenue in the west and Wintermute Boulevard, Bamburgh Circle and Fundy Bay Boulevard in the east, there is an average of 1.22 crimes against property per 1000 living and working in the region. There is an average of 6.32 crimes against property.East of Wintermute Boulevard, Bamburgh Circle and Fundy Bay Boulevard to Birchmount Road, still between Steeles and McNicoll, there is an average of 3.21 crimes against people and 9.03 crimes against property.The area bordered by Steeles, McNicoll, Birchmount and Kennedy Road has an average of 3.07 crimes against people and 11.74 crimes against property.East of Kennedy Road to Midland Avenue, between Steeles Avenue and Finch Avenue, there is an average of 3.94 crimes against people and 20.5 crimes against property per 1000 living and working in the area.The region bordered by Steeles Avenue in the north, Midland Avenue in the west, Brimley Road in the east and Copthorn Avenue, Withycombe Crescent and Audrelane Court, there is an average of 2.63 crimes against people and 5.76 crimes against property. South of this area to McNicoll Avenue, there is an average of 1.28 crimes against people and 5.03 crimes against property. South of McNicoll to Finch, still between Midland and Brimley, there is an average of 2.31 crimes against people and 11.62 crimes against property.In the area bordered by Steeles Avenue in the north, Brimley Road in the west, McCowan Road in the east and Oakhaven Drive, Goldhawk Park and Alton Towers Circle in the south, there is an average of 2.29 crimes against people and 8.1 crimes against property. South to McNicoll, there is an average of 1.41 crimes against people and 6.91 crimes against property. In the area directly south to Finch Avenue, there is an average of 7.05 crimes against people and 31.98 crimes against property.The region surrounded by Alton Towers Circle has an average of 2.99 crimes against people and 5.89 crimes against property on the west side of McCowan Road and 3.78 crimes against people and 7.17 crimes against property on the east side of McCowan Road.West of McCowan to the neighbourhood’s border, between Steeles Avenue and McNicoll Avenue, there is an average of 3 crimes against people and 12.97 crimes against property. South of McNicholl to Finch Avenue, between McCowan Road and Middlefield Road, there is an average of 3.41 crimes against people and 8.94 crimes against property.

Milliken Crime

In May 2008, two people were stabbed in Milliken Park near McCowan and Steeles. From CTV News:
A Victoria Day celebration turned violent Monday night after two brothers were stabbed in Milliken Park. Toronto police received information that a third person was also stabbed but only two wounded men were found at the scene, near the McCowan Road and Steeles Avenue park.Hundreds of people were at the park watching fireworks when a fight broke out between a group of young men. Police say one man was stabbed in the arm. The other victim was stabbed in the back and is in hospital in serious condition. Both are recovering at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
In May 2009, a man was shot in a shopping centre parking lot near Finch and Kennedy. From CTV News:
Toronto police are investigating a late-night shooting in north Scarborough that left one man in hospital with serious injuries and another in police custody.Shots rang out just before midnight Monday in a parking lot of a shopping plaza located on Finch Avenue, just east of Kennedy Road. A passerby saw a man stumble and fall near the railway tracks that are just east of the plaza. The passerby called police but by the time authorities arrived, the man was pulled into a silver Mini Cooper.Police say they received a call a short time later about a victim who had been admitted to Scarborough General Hospital with a gunshot wound to his buttocks and abdomen. The victim, who is in his twenties, has since been transferred to St. Michael’s Hospital in downtown Toronto.The Mini Cooper that was seen transporting the victim has been located and has been searched by police. A suspect – a man in his twenties that is believed to have been inside the car – is in police custody. Police have also recovered a weapon.Authorities say they are investigating whether the gun battle that erupted between a two groups of men was caught on a surveillance camera that was set up in the plaza. Investigators say they found numerous shell casings in the parking lot.
Video surveillance footage is powerful evidence that is incredibly useful to police. For information on security cameras and how they can help protect you, please visit our security cameras page.In September 2011 three people were injured in a knife fight near Kennedy and McNicoll. From Global News:
Three teenagers were taken to hospital after a knife fight in Toronto’s east end early today. Police were called to the Kennedy Road and McNicoll Avenue area just before 3 a.m.They found three teens injured in the parking lot of a restaurant on Silver Star Boulevard. An 18-year-old and 19-year-old man had been stabbed while another 18-year-old was treated for minor cuts.
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Malvern Toronto Crime Report

Malvern is a Toronto neighbourhood that is located in the eastern part of the city, in the area formerly known as Scarborough. The area’s boundaries are Finch Avenue in the North, Highway 401 in the south, Markham Road in the east and Morningside Avenue, the Toronto Zoo and Conlins Road in the west. The neighbourhood has the highest concentration of young people in Canada.

Malvern Crime Rates

The neighbourhood of Malvern can be split up into several smaller areas for the purpose of accurately capturing crime statistics. It is, however, important to note that criminals do not stop a arbitrary boundaries. You should take an entire region’s crime statistics to heart when looking into the crime statistics of a neighbourhood. Overall, there is an average amount of crime in Malvern.In the area north of the CP Toronto train tracks, south of Finch Avenue and between Markham Road and Morningside Avenue, there is an average of 5.72 crimes against people and 11.45 crimes against property per 1000 people living and working in the region.South of the train tracks to Sheppard Avenue, in the area bordered by Markham Road in the west and Tapscott Road and Washburn Way in the east, there is an average of 8.6 crimes against people and 10.5 crimes against property. East of Tapscott and Washburn to Neilson Road, there is an average of 9.93 crimes against people and 40.88 crimes against property.South of Sheppard Avenue to the 401, between Morningside Avenue and Markham Road, there is an average of 4.33 crimes against people and 14.14 crimes against property per 1000.In the region bordered by the railway tracks, Neilson Road, Morningside Avenue, Mclevin Avenue and Sewells Road, there is an average of 4.26 crimes against people and 7.28 crimes against people. In the area bordered by Mclevin Avenue, Neilson Road, Sheppard Avenue and Brenyon Way, there is an average of 12.22 crimes against people and 15.39 crimes against property. The area bordered by Sewells Road, Brenyon Way, Sheppard Avenue, Morningside Avenue and Mclevin Avenue sees 8.67 crimes against people and 13.47 crimes against property. The region between Sewells Road, Morningside Avenue and Mclevin Avenue has an average of 10.52 crimes against people and 17.25 crimes against property.East of Morningside Avenue, there is an average of 3.44 crimes against people and 9.71 crimes against property.

Malvern Crime

In January 2010, a man was shot and killed in a Malvern parking lot. From City TV:
Around midnight, officers received a call for shots fired at 50 Empringham Drive, near Sheppard Avenue and Neilson Road. When they arrived, they found 19-year-old Vincent “Villain” Wright lying in the parking lot with gunshot wounds to the chest. He was rushed to Sunnybrook hospital where, despite paramedics’ best efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead.
In April 2010 a man was stabbed in an apparent “road rage” situation. From the Toronto Sun:
It’s believed the victim, a 35-year-old Scarborough man, and another motorist were driving westbound when one of vehicle “bumped” the other. Words were exchanged and as the victim exited the 401 he was followed by the other driver, police allege. The “yelling” continued as the two motorists travelled north up Neilson Rd.They both pulled over at Wickson Tr., just north of Sheppard Ave. E., and during the ensuing confrontation the victim was stabbed repeatedly. The other driver fled the scene as the wounded man drove himself to his home nearby. Once there, a family member called 911.
In February 2011, a man was shot and killed near Sheppard Avenue and Neilson Road. From the Toronto Star:
Two men have been charged with first degree murder after a weekend shooting in Malvern that left a 20-year-old man dead. Police and ambulance rushed to the Sheppard Ave. E. and Neilson Rd. area just before midnight Saturday and found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.Joel Waldron, 20, was pronounced dead on the scene. Police say two men had approached the victim, then one pulled out a gun and fired at him. They then fled the scene, and were later arrested, police said.
In January 2012 a man was shot and killed near Malvern Town Centre. It was Toronto’s first homicide of 2012. From 680 News:
Toronto has it’s first homicide of the year after a 20-year-old man was shot dead on a street near Malvern Town Centre.Franklin was pronounced dead on the scene around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday after being shot four times on Hupfield Trail, near Neilson Road and Finch Avenue. There has been no word on any suspects or motive for the shooting.
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Little Italy Toronto Crime Report

Little Italy is a Toronto neighbourhood that is often also called College Street West due to its location. As the name suggests, the area is home to many Italian Canadian businesses and restaurants. There are also many private residences in the Little Italy neighbourhood.The area is located along College Street, primarily between Bathurst Street and Ossington Avenue. It goes south to Dundas  St, and north to just past College. The northern border is sometimes debated, but Little Italy does not stretch any farther than Harbord Street.The Little Italy neighbourhood is home to both a busy commercial area and a number of single-family homes.Unfortunately, crimes against both people and property are quite high in the Little Italy neighbourhood.In the area bordered by College Street in the north, Dundas Street in the south, Bathurst Street in the east and Grace Street in the west, there is an average of 5.62 crimes against people per 1,000 people living and working in the neighbourhood. However, there is an average of 32.77 crimes against property in this area.North of College Street to Harbord, between Bathurst and Grace, there is 7.26 crimes against people and 40.66 crimes against property.West of Grace Street to Ossington, but still between College and Dundas, crime is somewhat lower. There is an average of 6.5 crimes against people and 25.07 crimes against property.Unfortunately, as with all neighbourhoods in large cities like Toronto, there is crime in Little Italy. The area’s restaurants, bars and nightlife draw a large number of people into the neighbourhood and this increases the likelihood of crime taking place.In June 2011, a man in his 20s was taken to the hospital after he was shot outside of a bar near College and Bathurst. The shooting happened after 3:30 in the morning, when most bars were closing for the night. The shooter was also in his 20s and is currently wanted by police.A man in his 40s was also shot in the same attack, but he suffered less serious injuries and he has been released from hospital. He was likely a bystander who had nothing to do with the argument that led to the shooting.This shooting shows that crime can take place in any neighbourhood at any time and stresses the fact that it is important to protect yourself and to stay away from dangerous situations. If you feel unsafe or if a nearby argument seems as though it could turn violent, your best option is to remove yourself from the area as soon as possible.Toronto rapper and actor Drake was also a victim of crime in the area. He was robbed at gunpoint while in his car with a date. The robbery took place outside a Little Italy restaurant in 2009. Drake has mentioned in the past that the robbery made him feel less than safe in his hometown of Toronto.Unfortunately crime can happen to anyone. Recognizing the situation that you are in and protecting yourself is important. Securing your home or business with alarm systems and security cameras is also an excellent move to take.
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Liberty Village Crime Report

Liberty Village is a Toronto neighbourhood that is located in the west end of the city. The boundaries of this neighbourhood are King Street in the north, the Gardiner Expressway in the south, Dufferin Street in the west and Strachan Avenue in the east.Liberty Village was formerly an industrial area, but recently the neighbourhood has become much more popular and diverse. The Liberty Village neighbourhood has grown very quickly over the last few years and it is now filled with condominiums, houses, office space, commercial space and parks of all shapes and sizes.In the area bordered by King, Dufferin, the Gardiner and Atlantic Avenue, there is an average of 8.09 crimes against people per 1000 people living and working in the area. There is an average of 18 crimes against property per 1000. Note that these statistics include the area slightly west of Dufferin. Also note that crime does not stop at any particular street and thus knowing the average crime rate for the surrounding region is important as well.East of Atlantic Avenue to Strachan Avenue, there is an average of 5.39 crimes against people per 1000 and 23.88 crimes against property per 1000.In October 2011 a police officer was stabbed in the King and Dufferin area. From 680News Toronto:
A police officer is in hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a confrontation with a suspect Saturday evening. Around 8:00 p.m., the officer was stabbed in the face near 200 Dufferin Street and Temple Avenue, in the Dufferin and King area.Police told 680News that one person was shot in the altercation, but they cannot confirm the extent of their injuries. However, Global reported late Saturday evening that the shooting was fatal.
A year earlier, in October 2010, a man was approached by three men in the Liberty Village area. The altercation resulted in the man being stabbed. From CBC News:
Toronto police are searching for three suspects after a stabbing near Liberty Village early Sunday morning. Police said they responded to a call of a stabbing near King Street West and Tyndall Avenue at around 3:35 a.m.Police allege a victim was approached by three men and chased by one man brandishing a knife. The victim was stabbed several times, police said.
In August 2009 a woman was robbed and sexually assaulted by six men near her Liberty Village apartment. From CityNews Toronto:
Police are on the hunt for six suspects after a young woman was robbed and sexually assaulted as she returned home to her Liberty Village apartment.At 3am Tuesday, the 23-year-old was approached by six males in the front lobby of her building near King St. W. and Dufferin St. The accused then forced the victim into a stairwell, robbing and sexually assaulting her before fleeing the scene.
Five teenage boys were arrested about a month later in connection with the assault. According to a separate CityNews story, “Police credit extensive video surveillance in the apartment building with aiding them in making the arrests.”Video surveillance is an incredible tool for catching criminals in the act, identifying them after the fact and prosecuting them for their crimes. Video evidence is very powerful and that is why it is often used by law enforcement officials when they are investigating a case.SafeTech Alarm Systems understands the value of a properly installed, maintained and monitored video surveillance system. Our loss prevention experts can help you keep your property safe and protect you and your family at the same time. Contact us for more information on how security cameras can offer peace of mind.
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Leslieville Crime Report

Leslieville (or South Riverdale) is a Toronto neighbourhood located east of the Don River. It is the subject of this neighbourhood report. Presenting our Leslieville Crime Report. The boundaries of Leslieville include Eastern Avenue in the south, the Canadian National Railway lines in the north, Empire Avenue in the West and Coxwell Avenue in the east. It is located in the Toronto-Danforth riding.There are many trendy and exciting stores in the region as well as a great deal of green space.

Leslieville Crime Report: Stats

In general, the Leslieville neighbourhood has an average amount of both property crime and crime against people.The area north of Queen Street and west of Jones Avenue has an average of 8.81 crimes against people per 1000 people living and working in the region. It has 38.36 crimes against property per 1000. North of Queen, between Jones Avenue and Greenwood Avenue, there are 9.89 crimes against people and 25.17 crimes against property. Between Greenwood and Coxwell there are 13.55 crimes against people and 22.22 crimes against property.South of Queen Street, between Empire Avenue and Carlaw Avenue, there is an average of 18.31 crimes against people and 40 crimes against property. Between Carlaw and Leslie Street, there is an average of 11.85 crimes against people and 28.52 crimes against property. Between Leslie Street and Eastern Avenue, there are 13.55 crimes against people and 22.22 crimes against property per 1000.

Specifics: Leslieville Crime Report Case Studies

As part of our Leslieville crime report, we looked at particular crimes that took place in this area to create specific case studies.One of the most shocking crimes to take place in this neighbourhood was a 2008 shooting outside of the Duke of York tavern. A 23-year-old woman was shot and killed outside of the bar and four others were wounded. The woman who was killed was a bystander. After a three-day manhunt, the suspected shooter surrendered to Toronto Police.The shooting left many feeling unsafe and afraid in the area and across Toronto.An increase in the number of guns and other firearms in the city was frequently blamed as the reason for the increasing number of shootings in Toronto.In 2009, a man was stabbed and killed inside a Leslieville basement apartment. Neighbours heard an argument coming from the apartment and police reported that the victim was stabbed by another man at some point. Neither the victim nor the suspect lived in the building.Another Leslieville death, that we investigated for our Leslieville crime report, look place in 2010. In this case, a man found the dead body of his friend inside a home at Gerrard Street East and Greenwood Avenue. The body showed signs of trauma and police considered the death suspicious. The victim was later identified as 20-year-old Jin Tao Zhu.He died from blunt force injury and the case was ruled a homicide. Four young men and one youth were charged with second-degree murder.These seemingly random crimes are further evidence that you can never be sure of your safety. Proper alarm systems and other security services are the key to staying safe inside your home. It is also very important that you are aware and alert of what is going on around you and that you avoid potentially dangerous situations.Break-ins, robberies and violence weren’t the only crimes we found when creating our Leslieville Crime Report.The year 2010 was also known for a series of suspicious fires in Leslieville. One fire in July took place in an alley behind several businesses. Police say that a young man is believed to have set several boxes on fire, causing damages to the businesses. A few weeks earlier, three garages in the area were burnt as well as a house’s front porch.Security cameras and other surveillance equipment is vital in catching and identifying criminals in such cases. Having proper security is an important thing to learn from this Leslieville Crime Report.
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