Toronto residents questioning the city's safety amid wave of shocking crimes
It's been a bad year for crime in Toronto, December being no exception.
An ongoing wave of highly-publicized violent crimes has shocked the city in just the past few days, most notably the Sunday mass shooting in a Vaughan condo building that left six dead, including the shooter.
And here we are, not even halfway through the second-last week of the year, reeling from three of the most shocking crimes witnessed in 2022 committed in the last three days alone.
Crime in Toronto different these days bruh— Terry Flips🚀 (@fenixconnexion) December 21, 2022
It's the kind of week that has locals feeling a bit on edge, as people are confronted with the idea of being attacked or killed in places they frequent in their day-to-day, like the TTC, or should otherwise feel sale, like in their own homes.
Downright scary looking. So it is not safe taking public transportation in Toronto now. Sad.— Mizz👠🇨🇦 (@MizzyII) December 21, 2022
Statistics certainly back up people's growing fears of the outside world.
The Toronto Police Service data portal shows that Toronto experienced a 17.2 per cent spike in overall major crimes in 2022, including a 9.8 per cent increase in assaults, a 44.2 per cent spike in auto thefts, 6.5 per cent growth in break and enters, a 28.5 per cent jump in robbery, an 11.3 per cent increase in sexual violence, and a 35.8 per cent gain in theft over cases.
The only major crime statistic to actually see a decrease in 2022 was homicide, dropping an even 16 per cent from 2021's murder rate.
Toronto has become a shit hole and been in decline as a ‘world class city’ for the last decade or so. Police are undermanned, residents are forced to report on line, people can’t be bothered so many crimes go unreported. Toronto is cesspool, City Hall sits on its arse.— Chris (@Trubrit54) December 21, 2022
The apparent boom in crime has some GTA residents — who likely only experience big city life through lens of scary news reports —- thankful they live out in the nether reaches of the region.
More and more stories in regards to incidents and violence happening in Toronto has increased. Gun violence, stabbings, and domestic abuse have increased highly in Toronto. By product of not having a well govern community. Blessed to live in a safe area in york region. https://t.co/tztl9ESCxh— Thivian varnacumaaran (@varnacumaaran) December 21, 2022
Others are poking fun at the idea that Toronto is not a safe place to live, joking about moving to locales better known for their high crime rates.
Toronto is no longer safe. Time to move somewhere more peaceful like Detroit or Chicago.— Pat Wilson (@stryder989) December 21, 2022
Despite all the terrifying news reports and statistics that indeed show a spike in crime over the previous two years, the numbers are actually pretty close to the figures recorded back in 2019.
This seems to indicate that criminal activity was less prevalent during lockdowns and other public health restrictions rather than pointing to a runaway crime increase in 2022.
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