Leaside Crime Report
Leaside is a Toronto neighbourhood that is west of the Don Valley Parkway and south of Sunnybrook Park. Running primarily along Bayview Avenue, Leaside is composed mostly of single-family homes.Read more
The victim approached the driveway of the residence and was confronted by a male suspect wearing a disguise. The suspect produced a handgun, made a demand for cash and struck the victim about the head with the weapon. The suspect then fled the scene empty-handed northbound on Fairglen Avenue towards a nearby apartment complex. Toronto EMS attended and transported the victim to hospital where he was treated for his injuries and later released.Regardless of the neighbourhood that you are in, it is important to be alert in all situations and aware that crime can happen at any time.In June 2011, a man was stabbed in the neck in the Birchmount and Finch area. The stabbing was a result of an argument between the victim and the suspect. From CityNews Toronto:
A 35-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after a stabbing inside a Scarborough highrise Wednesday afternoon.The 40-year-old victim was on the fifth floor of a building on Birchmount Road, at Finch Avenue East, when the accused allegedly stabbed him in the neck.The injured man was taken to Sunnybrook hospital in serious, but not life-threatening condition.In May 2009, a man was shot in the parking lot of a shopping plaza near Finch and Kennedy. From CTV:
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.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.As with the situation above, police officers typically use footage recorded by security cameras to identify suspects and determine what happened at the scene of a crime. This is powerful evidence that can be used to arrest, charge and prosecute suspects. In addition to home alarm systems and business alarm systems, video surveillance cameras are a vital piece of a security system.
One man is dead after an early-morning shooting in north Etobicoke on Sunday.The victim died in hospital late Sunday afternoon. He was rushed to the emergency room just before 5 a.m. after he was shot in the lobby of an apartment building on Dixon Road, near Kipling Avenue. Police say he was shot in the abdomen.Another person was also injured in the incident but police say his injuries are not life-threatening.In June 2010 a woman was stabbed to death in the area. From CP24:
Emergency crews were called to an apartment building near Dixon Road and Kipling Avenue where they found a woman stabbed to death inside a unit at about 2:30 a.m.In October 2010 an overnight shooting resulted in a man being shot in the abdomen. From The Star:
An 18-year-old man was shot in the abdomen on Sunday shortly after midnight. Police found the man suffering minor injuries in a plaza near Islington Ave. and Dixon Rd. The man was treated at hospital and later released. Police said he was not cooperating.In March 2011 a man was shot in the head and killed in a Kingsview Village condominium. From the Toronto Sun:
The man gunned down in a north Etobicoke condominium highrise on the weekend was a 24-year-old visitor, Toronto homicide detectives revealed Monday.Police know his identity and an autopsy has been completed but his name and home area were not released.The dead man – the city’s 15th murder victim in 2011 – was found shot in the head in a heavily-bloodstained fourth-floor stairwell at 320 Dixon Rd. around 1:35 p.m. Sunday.In August 2011 there was a shooting in the Kipling and Dixon area. From CityTV:
Yet another teenager was the target of gun violence this week after shots were fired in Etobicoke.A 19-year-old was taken to hospital after he was shot in the leg on Windsor Road, in the Kipling Avenue and Dixon Road area, around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. Police are looking for suspects, who were apparently in a black Nissan Maxima.Unfortunately, crime can take place in any area of the city and happen incredibly quickly. Protecting your home and your family with security services is important. For more information, please contact us.
Witnesses said the incident appeared to have been an ambush directed at the man as he walked out of the Oakdale Community Centre, directly across the street from the school on Grandravine Drive.The gunman was said to have first fired from a parked car before getting out, running toward the fallen victim and firing again several times.As he went back to his the car, he turned and fired at two 14-year-old girls who were nearby, hitting one in the leg. She was not the “primary target,” Insp. Carter said, but it was unclear what connection, if any, she had to the first victim.In October 2011, a man was shot and killed in the Jane and Finch area. From the Toronto Star:
One man was killed and another was injured in a shooting near Jane St. and Finch Ave. W early Saturday morning.Police said multiple gunshots rang out near 32 Tobermory Dr. around 2 a.m. and several men were seen running away. When police arrived, they found one man who had been shot dead.Another man showed up at the Finch Ave. site of the Humber River Regional hospital with gunshot wounds around 2:30 a.m. Police said they believe he was also involved in the same shooting. His injuries are non-life threatening.In May 2011, a woman was shot in the leg during a drive-by shooting. Also from the Toronto Star:
A woman has been rushed to hospital after being shot in the leg in a drive-by shooting in Toronto’s Jane and Finch area.In what police called a “double drive-by” — the two cars involved were both moving at the time — shots were fired from one moving vehicle into the other near the intersection of Gosford Blvd. and Secroft Cres. The woman’s injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said.Another shooting took place in the area on the same day. From the Toronto Sun:
A man in his 40s is recovering after a shooting in the Jane-Finch area late Tuesday. Toronto Police said two groups of men outside an apartment building on Marsh Grass Way were involved in an argument when shots rang out around 11:30 p.m.The victim was rushed to Sunnybrook hospital with wounds to his torso and leg. He is expected to survive.
A 29-year-old man has been charged with sexual assault for allegedly attacking a woman after she got off a TTC bus. The incident occurred around 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, near Bathurst St. and St. Clair Ave. W., as the woman got off the bus and walked along Vaughan Rd., police say.The victim was chased down, confined and sexually assaulted after she made eye contact with someone across the road, according to police.In August 2008 a man was stabbed in the Eglinton Avenue and Bathurst Street area. Also from the Toronto Star:
A man had just left a variety store in the Eglinton and Bathurst area when a man approached him and started stabbing him in the back with a pen. Police arrested a suspect, believed to be responsible for the stabbing at the library as well, a short time later, said Olsen. The victim did not require medical attention.The police stated that the attack was unprovoked.Both of these crime show how innocent people can suddenly become victims of crime. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe.The first thing you can do is to be aware of your surroundings at all time. If you notice that someone is following you, if you feel uneasy about your surroundings or if you believe that you are in danger for any reason, trust your instincts and get away from your current location as soon as possible. If you have a cell phone, call a friend as soon as you feel uneasy. If anything does happen to you, your friend will immediately know and he or she can call for help.If you are traveling late at night or in an unfamiliar area, it often helps to travel with another person. Criminals will frequently avoid attacking two people walking together as this is more difficult.If you are attacked, scream loudly in order to attraction the attention those around you. Do everything you can to avoid being taken to a second location by a criminal.For more information on safety and security, consider subscribing to the SafeTech Alarm Systems Peace of Mind newsletter. This newsletter contains important tips on how you can protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim.
A man is in hospital after being shot in the shoulder in a drive-by shooting in the city’s northwest end. The victim was shot at around 5:50 p.m. as he sat in his car on Channing Place, a residential area north of Etobicoke’s William Osler Health Centre, near Finch Ave W. and Highway 27.Witnesses said they saw the passenger of a dark red or purple Chrysler Intrepid fire three or four shots at the victim, while heading south down Channing Place. The victim, who is in his twenties, was hit in the left shoulder and was taken to Sunnybrook hospital in serious condition.In November 2010, two people were injured in a shooting that also took place in the Finch and 427 area. From 680 News:
Two people were injured following a Saturday morning shooting in the Finch 427 area, Peel Regional Police confirmed.Gunfire rang out at an after hours club on Brandon Gate. One person remains in critical condition with a bullet wound to the back; the second victim was shot in the leg. A suspect was taken into custody.In July 2009, a home in Humberwood was invaded and the family inside was threatened and extorted. From the Toronto Star:
An Etobicoke family is recovering after a terrifying home invasion during which they were tied up and threatened with death early Thursday morning.Up to five burglars stormed into an apartment on 700 Humberwood Blvd. around 4 a.m. and demanded $70,000 cash from the two adults, who were tied up with their baby.The family was told they would be killed if the money wasn’t delivered to the suspects by the end of the day. Following the attack, the culprits headed to a housing complex on Rowntree Rd. to pick up the money.Home invasions are terrifying and can often lead to serious injury or death. In order to protect your home and your family, you need to have a strong security system in place. You must make sure that all of your doors and windows lock securely and that the locks, door and window frames and the doors and windows themselves cannot be easily broken. Bars and gates can provide this extra protection.In addition, home alarm systems should secure all entrances, not just doors on the ground floor. A centrally monitored alarm system will be able to alert the police of the situation even if you are unable to speak, which sometimes is the case during a home invasion.Video surveillance cameras are also great tools for deterring criminals as well as for providing evidence of criminal activity. Centrally monitored video cameras can be used in conjunction with a centrally monitored alarm system to allow the monitoring station to identify the type of crime taking place before quickly dispatching police.In the Humberwood invasion situation, nearby residents were shocked that this type of violent crime could occur in their neighbourhood. From CityNews:
Humberwood resident John Chambers says it’s unusual to have something like this happen in that location. “It’s a really nice building and when you see stuff like this, it puts a stigma on the building,” he stated.It is important to remember that crime can unfortunately take place at any time in any neighbourhood. Protecting yourself with a high quality alarm system is a great way to keep yourself save should the unfortunate occur.For more information on how you can keep you and your family safe, please contact our loss prevention experts.
The assault occurred at around 1:45 p.m. Thursday near Grenadier Pond at the western edge of the busy park. A 23-year-old woman was walking alone in the area when she was grabbed by a man and sexually assaulted, police said in a release.This was not the first assault to take place in the park. In 2009, a woman was kidnapped and driven to the park where she was sexually assaulted. From the Toronto Star:
Police are searching for three suspects they say kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 25-year-old woman in High Park.At 1:30 a.m. today the woman was walking on Eglinton Rd. W. near Dufferin St. when three men forced her into a black vehicle.Police said they drove her to High Park, where the men sexually assaulted her.The woman managed to escape and alerted police. She provided descriptions of the three men.In addition to these terrible crimes, several thefts have taken place in the area, including bicycle thefts. In 2007, Toronto Police issued a statement regarding a series of “swarming” robberies that were taking place in High Park and the surrounding area. From the release:
High Park is visited by many residents and tourists during the summer months. Most have a safe and pleasant experience. However over recent weeks there have been several reports to 11 Division of groups of youths or young adults “swarming” other youths. The items stolen during these swarmings are usually bicycles, ipods and wallets. It should be remembered that this type of crime can happen in any place that has secluded areas even on a quiet street in your neighbourhood.Several arrests have been made related to these crimes. Police presence in High Park has also recently increased in conjunction with a public awareness campaign related to these crimes.As noted in the release, quiet neighbourhoods can be hit by criminals just like any other neighbourhood. This is an unfortunate fact of like. Some criminals actually prefer to strike in quiet neighbourhoods or parks where they may not be noticed easily. Since fewer people are around, there is a chance for criminals to commit their crimes without being spotted.A way to counteract this is to install video security cameras both in your home and outside in order to view your property. Video surveillance is incredibly powerful and an excellent way to catch criminals in the act. Video security cameras also act as a deterrent. Criminals who do not want to be caught will frequently avoid areas where their actions could be recorded.