Crime in Toronto, Canada

Crime rates in Toronto, Canada

Level of crime
43.52 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
63.63 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
35.12 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
36.25 Low
Worries car stolen
30.00 Low
Worries things from car stolen
39.69 Low
Worries attacked
35.87 Low
Worries being insulted
39.53 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
24.94 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
52.02 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
45.73 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
42.24 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
34.77 Low

Safety in Toronto, Canada

Safety walking alone during daylight
77.41 High
Safety walking alone during night
55.28 Moderate

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Last update: November 2020

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80 Comments so far
E on Nov 21, 2020:
Dude, you'll find this sort of stuff in any urban area. Toronto is relatively safe compared to bigger US cities. However, Toronto obviously has much more crime than the rest of Canada. Also, property crime and break ins are increasing. My friend in Mississauga (suburb of Toronto) had his house broken into, and his passport stolen.
SusanAB on Nov 10, 2020:
Mehdi Amin, 58, was found dead inside his home Wednesday afternoon
CBC News · Posted: Oct 23, 2020 9:17 AM ET | Last Updated: October 23

You're right!! Toronto is very safe!
SusanAB on Nov 10, 2020:
min, 58, was found dead inside his home Wednesday afternoon
CBC News · Posted: Oct 23, 2020 9:17 AM ET | Last Updated: October 23

You're right! It's very safe!!
cowboy on Oct 28, 2020:
great city and has been very safe in my experience, just avoid Brampton though.
Anonymous on Oct 06, 2020:
#Jay I cannot argue with that. 2018 was an extraordinarily violent year for this city's standards. 2019 was a much better year for crime.
Jay on Oct 03, 2020:
Fair enough, I do apologise, but in 2019 though the homicide rate went straight back down though.
Anonymous on Oct 02, 2020:
#Jay https://www.blogto.com/city/2018/06/toronto-homicide-rate-now-higher-new-york/

Don't be ignorant.
Jay on Sep 25, 2020:
Since when did Toronto surpass NYC’s murder rate in 2018 lol. That is a straight up lie. The only city I heard that overtook NYC’s homicide rate in 2018 was London. Toronto is very safe except for the small pockets of hood areas but overall is incredibly safe.
Anonymous on Sep 21, 2020:
#tiffany Well, you are wrong. Toronto surpassed NYC's murder rate in 2018, and certain areas past Yonge and Bloor 9:30 PM can be dangerous alone. I personally have found needles and used condoms at Christie Pitts. To sum it up, Toronto in reality is one of the less safe cities in Canada. Oh, and Malmo is not a fair comparison, it is the most dangerous city in Sweden.
Simon on Sep 18, 2020:
I love Toronto. Only bad parts are some parts of Scarborough and Brampton. Other than that it’s a very vibrant city and very very safe.
Tiffany on Aug 31, 2020:
No your the clown. Stop being salty you little Londoner weirdo. Everyone knows it’s false because they have a brain. U can’t say London is safe just because you live in a nice area there and then say Toronto is way worse. And with research you would know that the homicide rate for London isn’t accurate as the police their admitted it. Toronto is safe. I’m sure London is too but safer than Toronto it is not. Then you say I know nothing about London because I have never been their but then you say Toronto is worse even though you don’t live here. Gianni and Jamal you are the same person you little dweeb. Every time someone bashes Toronto the comments are posted on the same day so please stop lying.
Tiffany on Aug 28, 2020:
Honestly stop lying, David and Jamall, you are the same person and your having to make more than one comment pretending your different people. If your gonna do that then we shouldn’t believe you, also those stats are false. Anyone with half a brain knows that
Paul on Aug 28, 2020:
I read through the comments and u must be the Canada hater. Just go away please and stop telling lies about our Great city. I have checked London crime on numbeo and Amsterdam so the people here know what they are talking about otherwise the wouldn’t volunteer to add data, if u don’t like it just don’t use numbeo.
Paul on Aug 27, 2020:
Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area is actually very safe and a lot safer compared to a lot of cities in the states and Europe. I would say avoid Brampton though. I hear there’s a lot of trouble in that area.
Tiffany on Aug 26, 2020:
Additionally, actual statistics show that Toronto is safer than Malmo and London but these statistics also keep getting hijacked by anti-Canadians like you “David”
Tiffany on Aug 26, 2020:
Those 4 comments are all liars and u can tell they are all the same person, if someone is pretending to be 4 different people, then why should we trust him? Just ask people in Toronto how they feel then ask people from London or Malmo. Toronto would be positive and Malmo and London would be negative. You clearly just hate Canada for some reason.
Tiffany on Aug 21, 2020:
Sam, I think u will find that you are the one who is lying, Toronto is one of the safest cities in North America and actually a lot safer than ones in Northern Europe like Paris, London and Malmo.
Sam on Jul 23, 2020:
Sarah, your literally straight lying. Toronto homicide rate 3.5. London's worst homicide rate in the last decade is 1.5
Glory on Jul 20, 2020:
Fairly safe city, lots to do. Just make sure you know where the bad spots are. But one of the safest major cities in North America and i would say its alot safer than most cities in Europe too. The seasons are nice too. Winters are freezing but the summers can get very hot.
Sarah on Jul 16, 2020:
Moved to here from London in England and I’m way happier here. It’s a lot safer too. Safer than New York, Chicago, London, Paris and obviously Detroit.
London homicide rate=2.3
Toronto=1.5
David on Jul 13, 2020:
Pretty much like any North American city, good and bad areas.

Toronto is doing much worse than anywhere in western Europe though, and that's straight statistics.

Still, Toronto is decent compared to cities like Baltimore, but much more dangerous than Paris or London.
Richard on Jul 13, 2020:
London Homicide rate 1.5
Toronto Homicide rate 3.5

London is much safer, Jayden
Jayden on Jul 11, 2020:
Toronto is genuinely ok, safer and better than London UK for sure but Toronto crime is on the rise but in general it’s not too bad. It’s quite safe but If the crime rate continues to increase then it could reach London level or worse. But for now its quiet safe and friendly in most areas. Better than London, Winnipeg, New York and LA.
Rafael on Jun 27, 2020:
I live in Downtown Toronto. Since covid started, drug use has skyrocket. There are homes less encampments outside my home. Everything here is boarded up. People breaking into cars. It’s criminal but also extreme depravation as people are turning to drugs in increasing numbers. At the current pace I assume the downtown will collapse socially. These trends started in SAN Francisco about 10 years ago and we are rapidly catching up. Sad!
Anonymous on May 19, 2020:
Used to live in London, England, when I moved here, I was shocked at all the prostitution I would see at night, and much more shootings then back home. I thought London was bad until I came here, most the crime is done by young youth, 13-17. And since I've been in Toronto, it seems like the crime is going up, there are shootings everyday now, and a few not to far away. Walking at night is generally fine, if you know what streets to avoid. Don't go walking into certain apartments late at night, this where a lot of the dealers set shop, and a lot of gang activity is inside the apartments.
Rick on Feb 10, 2020:
Grew up in Toronto and moved away in the 80.s for work to Northern Ontario.

Come back and visit at least twice a year.

Stay at Sheraton downtown. Catch a set at the Rex, then walk to Cameron house catch a set then walk to Grossmans catch a set (drink with every set of course) finish off in Kensington then walk back to Sheraton
along the side streets going east of Spadina and grab a sausage before bed.

Never had a problem (prob would not walk around queen and sherbourne at 3 AM though).

Great city and love the diversity.

401 and 407 is crazy driving the fast lane is essentially like the autobahn!

Last time there a few weeks ago I saw at least 4 incidences of people doing a u turn mid queen street (actaully a 3 point turn cause not enough room) horns horns and middle fingers all around.

Probably happens cause no one ever gets shot in a road rage incident (dont do that in New Orleans).

Just finshed a visit to NAWLINS.

300,000 people and WAY WAY more dangerous then Toronto.

A woman at red light on her bicycle was robbed of it at 9 AM at gunpoint in area generally consdiered "safe"

Just check out the news from NAWLINS this past weekend.

Great food and music though

Blessings
Ravi on Jan 23, 2020:
Toronto is one of the safest big cities in the world and best place to live. Only problem is the housing/rental market that is ridiculously expensive due to globalization. It seems like that most people who are complaining about Toronto are blowing things out of proportion with some agenda. perhaps they don't want more people moving in there to make the city every more expensive. I have traveled extensively and all over the world and no city will come close to Toronto's diversity. Of course there are some problems but if you also learn to look at the positives of the city, the positives will outweigh the negatives in a ratio of 99% to 1%. If these people commenting Toronto as dangerous travel to cities like Paris, Chicago, NYC, LA etc will probably have panic attack and if they travel to cities in countries like Brazil they will probably have a heart attack and die with in the 1st 2 days before an actual crime comes near them.
Anonymous on Jan 16, 2020:
@Polish Nationalist Is Scum
The thing with Alexandre Bissonette is that he's living in the most white major Canadian city which is Quebec city, in which you couldn't even compare with a multicultural city like Toronto. I live in Montreal and there's very few immigrants that would settle outside of that city metropolitan area, so you can imagine the fear white Quebecers had on immigrants which is most likely prone to do things like Alexandre Bissonette did.
Polish Nationalist is Scum on Jan 04, 2020:
"We no longer seek out Europeans to move here we encourage poor, poorly educated and offten violent people from caribian nations and Africa to move here. They create ghettos, go in welfare, join gangs and shoot people."

But then why are white men like you flocking to the Caribbean to rob the Trinidadian people of their oil?

Hypocrites.

Was Alexander Bissonette a Caribbean or African?

What are white people doing in the islands of the Caribbean like Barbados, Virgin Islands, Cayman, Bermuda and Puerto Rico if Caribbeans are violent?
Anonymous on Jan 04, 2020:
Gangs, gun violence and hate crimes are increasing in Toronto. This is only a few of the knife crimes that happen in Toronto:
https://www.blogto.com/city/2020/01/man-stabbed-face-outside-toronto-eaton-centre/

Certain parts of Toronto are gangster paradises, but the Alt-Right Polish nationalist lives in their own enclaves and treat outsiders with contempt, so the gangs don't go there. The gangs terrorize those in the low-income communities and they don't live in the suburbs, where it's safer.
Anonymous on Nov 18, 2019:
Sure, Toronto has horrible areas but you cant overgeneralize the city in general. There are areas that are extremely safe.
Anonymous on Nov 16, 2019:
SO many boomers thinking that the world is ending lol.
Anonymous, that's all you need to know. on Nov 15, 2019:
I have a good friend who used to live near regent park, some guy with an AK-47 type weapon (he has cameras in his house), stole his Wii, TV, PS2, his Xbox One, his computer, his cash, a baby crib, and everything worth over 15 bucks basically. When my friend came back, his house looked like the grinch just scoured everything in sight!

Even if you hear an area is a little bit sketchy, AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS!
Don't live here if you are concerned for safety, you are bound to have at least 1 violent crime happen to you here in your life, even in the "safe" areas.
Miss the seventies on Nov 13, 2019:
I too am looking elsewhere to escape Toronto. The city I used to love is a garbage dump, especially Scarborough. Drugs, imbeciles with guns, horrific drivers, signs in every language but English....the list goes on. Justa Truedolt has sold us out and we are now a cesspool, not a melting pot. The recent firing of Don Cherry, Canada's number one defender is the litmus test to see how horribly we natural Canadians are being treated, white brown or black...we all suffer. Immigrants come here, get a huge cheque, well above pensioner's income, free housing, food, etc. They have no regard for Canadian ways and show this with their driving and rudeness in stores. Liberals are a cancer and must be stopped. They have sold us out with mass immigration. Now I am to join my fellow Torontonians and get far away from this garbage dump. Don Cherry was right!
tonex_listo@hotmail.com on Nov 02, 2019:
I am very disappointed with Toronto. Crime is high. Every year the crime increases at drastic rates.
John on Oct 31, 2019:
I'm a born and raised Torontoinian. I used to defend my city, but now I'm beginning to feel uncomfortable in my own city. The homeless are violent and allowed to take over whole sidewalks in the heart of the downtown. Our police have had tools they used to combat violent criminals through carding removed. And the cops are generally afraid of being labeled a racist so they avoid taking proactive measures in the black communities of the city. Which is where most of our gun crime is. Since it's become politically unfavorable to lock up and treat people who are clearly mentally ill. Because doing so is now seen as discrimination.
Safe injection sites have created enclaves of druggies using in the open. And police are powerless to stop them. Again it's seen as discrimination to police people on a morality level. Where it used to be frowned upon and discouraged to engage in anti social behaviour it's now accepted and encouraged. Someone else brought up the change in our immigration policies in the 70's and yes this was a huge contributer to there issues. We no longer seek out Europeans to move here we encourage poor, poorly educated and offten violent people from caribian nations and Africa to move here. They create ghettos, go in welfare, join gangs and shoot people.
Regent Scott on Sep 20, 2019:
https://www.cp24.com/news/man-attacked-with-bear-spray-robbed-of-27-000-watch-at-fairview-mall-1.4347893

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-landlord-owes-man-with-disabilities-daughter-60k-after-campaign-of-harassment-1.4988938

Housing inequality is bringing out the worst in rich, poor, and the losing middle. Muggings are common, I just saw one today. Filthy rich landlords do illegal stuff regularly, one colleague from work just walked in the middle of the night in his basement's tenants place to start putting up a wall so he can stuff more people (already 6 living there). They did not complain because they are there illegally.
Drug addicts inject themselves right by queen subway station, eaton center, 4pm today.
People with known mental illness are thrown in the streets, to either freeze, or commit crimes which they cannot be jailed for, since they have mental illness.

Awful city, had I known, I Would have never stayed so long.
Gianni on Sep 18, 2019:
It’s become a Horrible, divisive, intolerant city. Your not safe anywhere.
noname on Sep 18, 2019:
cool, thanks, really helped me do my project, keep it up :)
Anon on Sep 15, 2019:
I live in Scarborough (have my whole life.
I’m almost 30 and I’ve been to more funerals than weddings.
I’m annoyed living here more than I am scared but I am scared for my children. I would never recommend raising a family here.
Biggest problems
1) Panhandling. - Within the past 3 years the amount of people approaching you asking for money has become ridiculous. These people aren’t even homeless. They moved all the people from Regent Park to Morningside and Lawrence. These people literally try and open your car door and spit on your windshield.

2) Druggies and Mental Illness- People shoot up in the plaza and the stairwells. Usually the two go hand in hand and are allowed to just run around the city barraging people.

3) Poverty - Everyone is poor/ struggling and so they’re all in a bad mood.

4) Stabbings and shootings - In my experience MOST of these happen after hours at bars and such. There is no regulation and just about anyone can become in possession.
Tornotonian on Sep 05, 2019:
There are people doing drugs on Queen station (injecting themselves), Eaton center exit, in plain daylight, at 5pm in the afternoon, then getting violent. Police walks by and look the other way. What has happened to this city?
Then there are people who overdose, I just saw one by college street and Yonge. The situation is so bad, the government is now asking citizens to help them address the mess they created by providing CPR to someone who looks like they overdosed. Wow.
If you live here, speak up.
Charlie on Sep 03, 2019:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/rohinie-bisesar-shoppers-stabbing-verdict-1.4893553

Toronto is a great place, if you ignore the fact that this is where people can stop taking meds and doing what the voices tell them.
Tim on Aug 14, 2019:
Toronto is not what it used to be. The smaller cities an hour from the centre are still good. Move out, save on housing and enjoy a higher standard of living with less crime.
Anonymous on Aug 08, 2019:
Raptors game = shooting during celebration Parade= shooting Yonge Dundas= spitting people with knives

during the day safe= at night, AVOID!
Jamrs on Aug 06, 2019:
When Trudeau senior encouraged Jamaicans to come to Toronto, the city changed and today, these low IQ migrants who fail miserably in school, whose role models are pimps, drug pushers and violent people, have ruined Toronto, as they have every other city in the world they have moved to. Even Tokyo has an issue with these low life people.
Chris on Jul 29, 2019:
Downtown Toronto has become very scary at night. Drugs everywhere now. I have lived in the downtown core since 1985. Today it is the worst it’s ever been. You cannot walk around anytime between 4pm and 5am.
Anonymous on Jun 30, 2019:
@Amin Probably because Torontorians also compare to other major cities close to them like Montreal and that they found it's safer there? Also there's articles that compare the murder rate among major Canadian cities, and I can assure you that Toronto isn't the safest, unless you only care about Toronto.
Amin Karimi on Jun 29, 2019:
I really do not know why is the reviews of Toronto and the people who have lived there has been so intense. This year Toronto has only had 29 homicides which is very low compared to only last year because of gun violence attacks which can happen anywhere. Economist Magazine Ranks Toronto as the 7th most livable city in the world. Youth and overall everyone always have fun downtown please change the Moderate rate to low when it comes to safety at night. In a sense crime and brutal things are everywhere.
Amin on Jun 29, 2019:
Toronto has been ranked in 2017 as the most livable and safest city by economist magazine crime rate is still 3.1 my l have lived here along with family and friends for over 20 years. Your surveys showed everything ranked low, why did you put safety of walking alone at night as moderate.
Randy on Jun 23, 2019:
Toronto is becoming more violent by the day. So so sad my beloved home. I feel it’s ruined.
Mojo Rising on Jun 19, 2019:
Level of crime: rising
Crime increasing in the past 3 years: nathan philips shooting
Worries home broken and things stolen: happened to me
Worries being mugged or robbed: happened to me
Worries attacked: I was attacked in bathurst
Worries being insulted: everyday
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
Problem people using or dealing drugs: people shooting up in TTC plain daylight
https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/mandel-toronto-judges-sounding-alarm-on-fentanyl-crisis
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft: common
Problem corruption and bribery: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/anti-corruption-group-claims-criminals-laundering-money-through-toronto-real-estate-1.5065777
Anonymoose on Jun 18, 2019:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/raptors-rally-shooting-1.5178886

Plain daylight, during a celebration parade. That says it all, and these statistics should be revised.
Sheri on May 27, 2019:
I try to visit Toronto as often as I can. I live in an isolated northern city and feel safer walking around downtown Toronto than the half hour walk to my work. Per capita, we have had the highest murder rate for more years in a row I hate to admit to. Violence is all around us. I have encountered only friendly, helpful people when in Toronto, gladly giving directions when approached. Servers in restaurants and salespeople in stores have been impressively friendly, unlike here, where you are made to feel as though you’re imposing when you have a question or given the impression they hate their job. If given the opportunity to move there tomorrow I would!
Anonymous on May 24, 2019:
Gangs have been increasing through the years. I have lived in Toronto for all my life. Things have not changed since I lived here. Always gang bangers and violence
Beth on Mar 21, 2019:
I was born and raised in Toronto for almost 40 years and can say I'm glad I moved out of that place. I lived in the suburbs and worked downtown and what I disliked the most is how rude people can be and as a female had to be often on guard. To me it's become a hostile place to live and have seen people get held up by knife point in broad daylight in the Yonge/Bloor area. Even seen fights in broad daylight eating at a restaurant. It's become a cold place to live where people are angry and have no time and you got to love the road rage on the 401 (highway).
Torontonto on Dec 19, 2018:
You are right Tom, we need hope, but instead they threw us dope.
Toronto is not the same city I saw ten years ago. There are more racial insults, angry people, and actual violence. The other day there was a gang beating up another in a streetcar near King and Bathurst, during daylight. The TTC guy locked himself up and could not care about his passengers any less.
The cops were fashionably late, and they only got one guy.
Awful city, no hope with the current rich and entitled administration at a city level, and total Provincial nightmare.
Theo on Dec 07, 2018:
DUMP.

If you live in the Core or Mid town it’s safe but people are RUDE!!!

West of Allen Road (with the exemption of Lower Etobicoke and Bloor West), and anything East of Don Mills is Rough!! Eglington / Weston Rd /Jane / Dixon/ Kipling / or any part of the East like East York, Scarborough and even the Danforth has become riddled with bad bad Crime! Downtown Toronto (below Bloor St) is very very unsafe. Drugs and Safe injection sites have destroyed the area.
Mike on Nov 17, 2018:
I was born and raised in Toronto.. 50 years now and have seen my share of crime.. Guns from the US is the big problem, stolen guns from gun owners etc. I saw guns over 30 years ago being smuggled in . Wake up police and government officials.. The prevalence of guns has grown over the years.. Police are doing their best to stop it but we need an outright ban of guns.. who cares if you like to shoot.. crap ..pick up a bow and arrow it takes more skill.. Guns crimes are for cowards !!! bottom line.. they don’t have the mental toughness or physical toughness to fix it with their mind or body.. just little kids inside an adult body that’s who is shooting ... kids ...that weigh 120 pounds.. no real courage to work everyday and really be a man.. just little boys with real guns instead of plastic toy ones.. losers!! Toronto is safe just don’t get involved with drug dealing or prostitution and you will be fine!!! It is safe.. by the way people in the bad neighbourhoods deserve the crimes they get. They are too cowardly to report it to police.. mothers and fathers enabling their little brat children to commit crimes and then saying “I didn’t know, he was such a good boy”” ..they knew.. unless you are blind .. you knew!!
Anonymous on Sep 05, 2018:
I live in London UK and there on a weekly average 36 fatal stabings 106 non fatal stabings and 56 acid attacks if your home is not fort nox then that will get broken into at least a few times a year people do not take the elevators Up to their appartments because they will get mugged in them and at least 25 sexual assaults a week.

So compared to that Toronto sounds like a heaven.
Anonymous on Aug 30, 2018:
3 years ago at yonge and dundas, someone opened fire at a woman with a shotgun. I live in the capital of ontario and the crime problem is getting worse. Someone opend fire with a revolver in yorkdale mall and the police shut it down. Thankfully, no-one was injured or eliminated.
Jim on Aug 28, 2018:
Toronto will be on pace with Atlanta and Chicago in less then 10 years.
Tom on Aug 26, 2018:
You have to lock everything down in Toronto. People steal everything. Violence amongst kids have grown. Drug use has grown. Homelessness has grown. Desperation has grown. I encounter people living in their cars because they have no stable housing. Terror and violence fears have grown.

We need Hope.
Unsafe Torontonian on Jul 13, 2018:
The crime is up, the drug usage is up, I have seen people injecting drugs inside the TTC during daytime hours... there's an opioid crisis and cartels/mafias laundering money in RE. Politicians are mixed in the mess, so they won't do anything. Not enough people are speaking up.
Anonymous on Jul 01, 2018:
As of today Toronto has a higher per capita murder rate than New York City. We're finally beat them in something!
Theodore on Jun 25, 2018:
Toronto has Crime. It is getting worse.

Liberal Policies, anti police backlash and acceptability of every degenerate has created very unsafe areas of Toronto.
Anonymous on Jun 22, 2018:
A security guard got pepper sprayed at Yonge and Bloor. No clue if the person who pepper sprayed the guard got arrested, Stay particularity vigilant around Yonge and Dundas, Wellseley, and Bloor.
Anonymous on Jun 22, 2018:
I have lived in Toronto most of my life. There has been a general deterioration in safety and security as the city has gotten bigger without adequate infrastructure of all types put in place to manage it. A lot of statistics are misleading because for instance in the case of homicides, a gunshot victim is a lot more likely to survive in the ER than they were 30 to 40 years ago. Gun violence is way higher than it was then.

That said, the odds someone not involved in drugs and gangs in certain bad/slum neighbourhoods will get shot are very low. What is a lot more likely if you are downtown regularly is being the victim of a random robbery/assault. The downtown core has become visibly more dangerous in the past few years, including the downtown loop on the TTC (subway) as there seem to be an ever-increasing number of drugged-out aggressive crazies on the street and the police do nothing about it. The reduction in police numbers of about 600 in the past four years makes the situation worse, e.g a major centre like Yonge-Dundas Square has no permanent police patrol. Most Torontonians have their heads in the sand and the problem therefore will only become worse.
Tayshawn on Apr 09, 2018:
I live in Toronto and I can tell you that there is alot of gang violence and things of that sort outside of the downtown area. Areas like Jane strip, Eglinton west, Dixon, etobicoke as some examples are known to have a lot of gang violence.
teshawn on Nov 04, 2017:
I personally have never been to Toronto, but everything I have heard about it has been nothing but good. I'm planning on moving there within the next year.
Anonymous on Oct 22, 2017:
Everywhere has crime and some years better than others. If we had ponies wandering the streets and balloons tied to every post maybe it can calm people and deter them from an a violent thought.
Paul on Oct 11, 2017:
Toronto is one of the safest city in North America. Toronto isn't the safest city compare to Hong Kong, Taipei, and Tokyo Japan. But it's more diverse and less crowded than most Asian cities.
torontoislove on Sep 04, 2017:
Toronto is safe and ethnic diverse city. Racist people needs to stop bad talking about this city.
Baba on Jul 30, 2017:
I have lived in Toronto more than 40 years and I think it's still the best city in the world . If you mind your business and try to get along with people and try to understand that every body is different and we all have to RESPECT each other there is no problem . When you take everything personal then you have a problem so that's your problem isn't it ? Why make it TORONTO'S .
Why we have crime ? No Respect for other people
Why we have robberies ? No Respect for other people's property
Anonymous on Mar 01, 2017:
I was visiting and yeah
I was downtown (so beautiful)

Toronto is a safe and shiny place on most parts

The thing is theres slot of soliciting
JP on Feb 06, 2017:
Readers not familiar with Toronto may not know that shootings rose significantly in 2016 and it's been a hot topic of conversation around here. That's why some people imagine that Toronto is like Baghdad, Atlanta, or New York City. The reality is that Toronto, even with 2016's increased crime, remains objectively much safer than any of those places. All my comments below about relative safety are based on supposedly apocalyptic 2016.

As a transplanted American, I think it's cute how the natives here freak out about every murder. It's endearing. Obviously more violent crime is always bad, but I also appreciate the fact that Toronto remains truly outstandingly safe by every actual measure. If you feel uncomfortable around people who aren't white, then sure, you may feel unsafe in Toronto. To be perfectly accurate, though, you aren't unsafe. You're just racist.
JP on Feb 06, 2017:
Wow, there's some very good info and some worthless BS in these comments!

I can't say I care about how people "feel." If you "feel" safe in an American ghetto and you don't "feel" safe in Toronto, that's your problem. I prefer facts. In 2016, as for the last couple decades, Toronto was the second safest city with at least a million people in all of North America, after Montreal. Compared to all other *Canadian* cities down to a couple hundred thousand residents, Toronto is a bit safer than average. There's less violent crime than in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, and Saint John, but it's more dangerous than Ottawa, Quebec, and Montreal. The stats are freely available for anyone who cares to look.

Comparing internationally is a bit trickier due to differing definitions of crimes, but one crime we can agree about is homicide. Dead bodies can't be classified away. By that measure, the Toronto metro area is safer than all but two of the 113 American metro areas with at least a half million residents. Only ultra-Mormon Provo, Utah and ultra-boring Portland, Maine have fewer dead bodies per capita. Toronto is more than ten times bigger than either of those, too.

There are plenty of Canadian racists saying things like "the violent brown people are stealing all our social services." Obviously, nothing true will affect their beliefs, as they really aren't willing and/or able to process information about the world logically. For the benefit of the rest of the readers, though, the fact is that the overall violent crime rate of the "visible minority" (i.e., brown-skinned) population of the Greater Toronto Area is MUCH lower than it is for whites. That's part of why Toronto is safer than the "whiter" cities listed above. Does that mean you should avoid white areas of Toronto? No, that would be stupid, because they're awfully safe, too.

I've focused on violent crime here since getting shot is a lot scarier to me than getting robbed. Toronto definitely has less-impressive but still well below average rates of most other kinds of criminal behavior. Again, all the data is there for you to check out from the appropriate authorities if you care to look.
Roy Murray on Dec 23, 2016:
I live near one of the poorest parts of Toronto. My wife and I don't worry about walking through there at any time of day or night. There is a perception given by the media that Toronto crime is on the rise but it's very low. Toronto is one of the safest places in Canada and therefore North America. Toronto is just a little bigger than Chicago yet so far this year (Dec 23, 2016) we have had 67 homicides compared to Chicago's 693 over the exact same period. Some people have the perception that crime is worse than it is but the media tends to exaggerate. Crime statistics give the true story.
Neil on Dec 07, 2016:
I was born and raised in Toronto. I have never considered crime a problem. If you listen to the media you have a completely inaccurate picture. They report on the worst neighbourhoods in the city where thugs kill each other because they can't think of anything else to do. i.e Jane and Finch area.

My wife and I live downtown. There is no issue with guns, assaults, etc at all. Ultimately you think before you act. If you want to hang out at clubs and bars every night with drunks you will find lots of crime. Otherwise Toronto is a very exciting and liveable city.

For those that don't believe me, think about this. Do you really think house price are soaring because crime is out of control or because it is a great place to live?
Anonymous on Dec 06, 2016:
cant even drive some area's without fearing for safety.
Anonymous on Nov 08, 2016:
People make bad choices but it's usually because of stress and that stress comes from family problems or money problems. If the government could lower the taxes and/or give us more money for work maybe there would be less crimes.