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Toronto Police Suggests Permitting Auto Theft to Prevent Home Invasions

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Thieves have been knocking down doors in Toronto neighborhoods. The government is not permitting the police to curtail crime and has sided with the criminals over the Canadian public. Toronto Police Service Constable Marco Ricciardi is now urging residents to leave their keys in their cars to make it easier for criminals to steal. “To prevent the possibility of being attacked in your home, leave your [key] fobs at your front door because they’re breaking into your home to steal your car. They don’t want anything else,” Ricciardi said.

Major crime is rising in Toronto and throughout Canada, with Toronto actually being one of the safer cities. Auto theft increased by 37.7% last year, with 6,019 vehicles stolen, according to recent crime statistics. When compared with figures for 2021, auto theft increased by an alarming 50%.

The top ten major offences reported by the Toronto Police Service for 2023 year to date include:

  • Assault—21,398 (up 10.4%)
  • Auto Theft—8,287 (up 37.7%)
  • Breaking and Entering—4,821 (up 18.9%)
  • Robbery—2,086 (up 8.1%)
  • Sexual Violations—2,175 (up 12.1%)
  • Theft Over $5,000—1,194 (up 24.5%)
  • Assault with a weapon—3,059*
  • Assault Causing Bodily Harm—688*
  • Breaking and Entering with Intent—656*
  • Robbery with a Weapon—637*

Toronto neighborhoods experiencing the most significant year-to-date increases in major crimes include:

  • Princess-Rosethorn—up 208.9%
  • Kingsway South—up 138.1%
  • Miliken—up 106.2%
  • Bayview Woods-Steeles—up 100%
  • Banbury-Don Mills—up 85.7%

Twenty-six neighborhoods in Toronto reported a >50% increase in major crimes in the past year. Homicides are now rising with 689 reported in 2019 compared to 874 in 2022. There were only 49 recorded homicides in 1999, so one must ask, what changed? The demographics changed. The economy changed. And legislation, mainly gun laws, have changed. Toronto police have been prohibited from carrying revolvers since the 1990s. It is far more difficult for a law-abiding citizen to obtain a firearm compared to criminals, and people simply cannot defend their homes or families.

The Toronto police department and the Trudeau Administration should be absolutely ashamed. They expect citizens to quietly permit criminals to steal their possessions, threaten their families, and pander to illegal activities since they are forbidden from protecting their selves. Perhaps Trudeau should eliminate his security detail and stand in solidarity with the people who must accept living in a lawless land.