Crime in Toronto, Canada

Crime rates in Toronto, Canada

Level of crime
47.72 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 5 years
68.42 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
36.29 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
37.68 Low
Worries car stolen
34.35 Low
Worries things from car stolen
42.42 Moderate
Worries attacked
39.72 Low
Worries being insulted
43.28 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
28.18 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
56.07 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
48.58 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
45.45 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
37.14 Low

Safety in Toronto, Canada

Safety walking alone during daylight
74.17 High
Safety walking alone during night
52.05 Moderate

Contributors: 1206

Last update: May 2024

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 5 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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60 Comments so far
Raj on May 22, 2024:
I used to live TO, but it’s changing. Walk along Yonge st from Dundas up to Bloor and you feel the “heart” of TO is poor, drug ridden.

Take the subway on a Saturday evening and there’s plenty of addicts and Ill. The safe injection sites have ruined Yonge and Dundas.

Pot shops have ruined Kensington Market. The mass surge of international students and newcomers has made the city poorer. We have lost a balance.
Anonymous on May 06, 2024:
While Toronto has historically been considered a relatively safe city, recent increases in murders, robberies and carjackings have raised concerns about public safety. Residents and visitors alike must exercise extreme vigilance, especially when navigating the city at night. Despite efforts by law enforcement, these crimes continue to occur with alarming frequency. It's crucial to stay informed about current safety recommendations and take necessary precautions to mitigate risks while in Toronto.
gabe t on May 05, 2024:
Lifer born in the mid 90s. easily getting worse and when compared to cities in northern Europe, the likelihood of finding yourself in a fist fight is tenfold. enjoy the collapse of Canada.
Anonymous on Apr 19, 2024:
Toronto. Where the Toronto Police advise citizens that they should leave their car keys in plain view for armed robbers, yet several TPS officers are there to protect a nude woman who feels harassed by the rantings of a street preacher.
Anonymous on Apr 07, 2024:
Toronto is becoming a weird city where police are never helpful to deal with crimes to protect the public.

But they come in squad cars to deal with petty disputes like someone being annoyed by pickup artists in clubs and malls, historical abuse cases aka Ghomeshi's Law, and they go after private citizens who criticize public servants using an archaic defamation law.

Very weird city with hints of British feudalism and nobility laws used against the common person.
Anonymous on Dec 12, 2023:
I live on Yonge, closeby to Yonge & Dundas. From dusk to sunset, it's best to avoid the area around Dundas square as a lot of weirdos,addicts, and homeless people tend to congregate there. Don't even think about walking through Victoria street-north of Dundas at any time. It's quite strange to me in which the city decided to keep a harm reduction site at the corner of a touristy, and very busy intersection.
Anonymous on Nov 09, 2023:
Toronto Police rarely do anything to the average person who is a victim of a public assault, scam or armed robbery.

However, the Toronto Police work hard to go after people who post online content criticizing cops, public servants, teachers and politicians, especially if you criticize the LGBT movement.
Decline on Oct 08, 2023:
There has been a sharp increase in drug addiction which is very very noticeable. It’s very common to see a person in the middle of the day face down on the sidewalk downtown.
Anonymous on Aug 12, 2023:
People are getting angrier on the streets, lots of violence on the TTC.

A lot of confrontations in public. It's starting to feel like tension is in the air.

But all is great in the wealthy communities like Bridle Path, Lawrence Park and Royal York.

The millionaires and billionaires are having the time of their lives.
Anonymous on Jul 30, 2023:
Welp, time to move to a country with draconian laws. As long as I don't commit crime, I would be fine lol
Anonymous on Jul 25, 2023:
@Anon on July 24
The homeless guy is possibly more good-looking than the Karen lol
Anonymous on Jul 24, 2023:
Toronto Police are busy protecting the wealthy elites and white women than to attend to crime scenes.

Just see how fast Toronto Police respond to a white woman aka Karen complaining that a homeless guy is minding his own business in a public park versus a home owner calling the cops during an armed robbery.
Anonymous on Jul 22, 2023:
We need Batman, Spider-Man, Chisato Nishikigi, and Takina Inoue to deal with criminals in Toronto.
Lol concerned citizen on Jul 22, 2023:
Lmao at the guy who think that ordering food is a problem. I laff
Concerned citizen on Jul 15, 2023:
Back when rent was affordable homelessness was not such a huge prob. Between rent getting ridiculous and the tps being soooooo understaffed.....of course crime is up. If you think we have too many police then try reporting a crime......they take days to show up. They don;t even have time to hand out very many tickets for driving offences.

To the uber delivery guy that had his ebike stolen......good cuz there are way too many of you now and you all drive like lights.....running red lights and stop signs......Its like you think you are the only ones on the road.....TO those ppl doing the ordering for delivery......get off your fat A$$ and pry yourself away from your phone for long enough to cook or go get your own food.
Anonymous on Jul 12, 2023:
Anti-Jewish and anti-Black hate crimes are on the rise in Toronto.

Negative sentiments against Muslims, Arabs and Asians are also increasing in Toronto but not to the extent that they are getting violently assaulted like Jewish people who wear identifiable religious gear like the kippa.

Just a few weeks ago, a pale Canadian girl was caught on camera yelling the n-word at a donut shop in downtown Toronto. She tried to fight a girl by calling her the n-word and storming towards her.

Jewish men who wear the kippa get verbally harassed and sometimes have their kippa pulled from their heads.

A middle-aged woman also got caught in a turf war in high income Leslieville recently and died from a stray bullet.
Bob on Mar 06, 2023:
Toronto isn't safe, metrics like this have been abused in the past, large numbers, to convince people that the large amount of crime won't happen to them. It will.
Anonymous on Mar 03, 2023:
Canadian PR tells immigrants that Canada is a safe country.

But Toronto has a lot of criminal activity going on such as organized crime, human trafficking, drug dealing and gangs fighting turf wars.

Sure, the Canadians tell us that the crime situation in Toronto is not as bad as southside Chicago or in the hoods of Compton, but do we really need to compare Toronto to low-income areas?

So why pay a million dollars for a home in Toronto to live like a lite version of Compton unless you're buying Kendrick Lamar's house?
Markson on Sep 30, 2022:
I think Covid-19 affected the safety nature of Toronto. The homelessness situation downtown is leading a lot of persons to crime, I read on about the crime witnessed days back and its scary.
Alex416 on Aug 31, 2022:
Safety got worse after covid. The homelessness situation downtown is getting out of hand.
E on Jun 21, 2022:
Toronto is garbage. I have lived here all my life. We are so far behind for a city with millions of people living in it. Homelessness everywhere, Construction everywhere, not clean, and recently have a terrible bout of cars being broken into & stolen all over the city. I live in a “safe” prestigious neighbourhood, but crime has been rising regardless. Shootings, stealing…… You are not safe anywhere in Toronto.
Mark on Jun 07, 2022:
Toronto is a very safe city considering its size and population.

95% of the people here are good honest people who are trying to make a living.

Like the comment below me says, the youth of this city are trying to been seen as hard wannabe gangsters. (Not all those, most are good kids)

Getting those who want to commit acts of evil, need to get taken off the streets and get locked away forever will help make this city even safer.
Anonymous on May 25, 2022:
Toronto is overall pretty safe but the increase in youth related crime is worrying.

All these kids wanting to get internet famous has led to some awful things.

Far to many guns here. Need more police raids in high crime areas and making sure those who get arrested and put in jail, stay in jail and don’t just get put back into the streets a few months later.
Lolita Townes on May 22, 2022:
I visited Montreal and Toronto Canada and fell in love. I wish I could get a job and move and die there.
Anonymous on Jan 17, 2022:
The crime rate is a little high but Toronto is one of the most safest cities and relaxing cities in Canada and the world
Anonymous on Dec 24, 2021:
Toronto has been very safe through my experience, however I will say that crime is increasing which is a worrying trend.
Anonymous on Jul 18, 2021:
So many boomers here thinking the world is ending.
Jane on May 28, 2021:
Every major intersection on Yonge street in downtown Toronto has a bunch of homeless people. Once my friend was walking on Yonge and a homeless guy threw a glass bottle at her ankles when she passed by him. I was verbally attacked a few times too. Cannabis stores bloomed in recent years on Yonge street and I've seen potheads begging outside a store for free weed. I would avoid walking on Yonge even during the day cause it gives me very negative feelings.
Daniel on May 02, 2021:
Toronto is nowhere near what it used to be like, shootings and stabbings everyday, high robbery rate, lots of drug usage, ive seen people shooting up in the middle of the sidewalk and all the parks downtown are littered with needles and paraphernalia.

If you dont go looking for trouble youll likely be fine as long as you stay vigilant and away from bad areas. Its safer then some of the bigger us cities but nowhere near as safe the major cities in western europe.
Mike on Apr 27, 2021:
I have been to Toronto (pre covid) and it was extremely safe I didn't feel unsafe at all. on Apr 25, 2021:
I work as a courier in Toronto (Uber/Doordash/Skip), and yesterday April 23 between 9:30 pm and 10 pm, my Inmotion L9 was stolen at 60 John Street - Toronto.

I reported online to the police, but I am reaching out to every page on the internet to report the robbery.

The Inmotion L9 is a kind of brand new scooter, and the thief is going to need to buy a charger that is different from the others charges or try to sell the scooter online.

I can recognize my scooter, and I will keep this ad on till I find it.

So please, do not buy properties without a receipt. Not something like a scooter which was introduced to the market 4 months ago.

Every scooter has its own internal code.
If you download the Inmotion App the code of my scooter is L9-B108001F.

If you see something, please, reach out.

I am going to pay a reward of C$300 for having it back.

I saw many, but many times "homeless people" trying to steal expensive bicycles around downtown Toronto. There are an organized crime behind these crimes. Who is buying? Who is doing the logistics?
Torontoguy on Mar 10, 2021:
Toronto was great even 7 years ago.

Don’t know what happened in the last 3-5 years. Especially worsening in the last 2.

In Downtown:

Pot shops have replaced small business that went bankrupt during Covid.

Homeless population has increased and it’s very public.

People deficate in alleys and around construction sites.

Divisive, crime increased like crazy in the last 2-4 years.

crime has exploded in the outer areas of Toronto like North York.
leftthe6 on Mar 10, 2021:
Toronto is a horrible city. Shootings in broad daylight. Needles everywhere downtown. Horribly expensive. People resort to awful things.
Gabe on Feb 26, 2021:
The city is super safe, and feels safer/friendlier than most places in southern Ontario.

However, gun crime has been increasing drastically over the past few years, and with increasing immigration rates both foreign and domestic to the city, coupled with a bout of even less opportunities due to Covid and future lingering effects, it will likely only see a rise from here out. My only personal worry though is car thefts and burglaries, seeing as they're common across board in terms of demographics and typically fall in line with the Canadian route of non-violence (speculation lolz).
Anonymous on Jan 02, 2021:
Toronto is a cake walk period. As one of the criminals who contributed to these statistics I can tell you I've never felt unsafe here. If you're a spineless coward Toronto is a perfect place to visit. It's an average big city so if you don't go looking for trouble you'll be absolutely fine. I've traveled in Europe, Africa and the US there are only 2 cities I've ever been where I felt genuinely unsafe - Gary, Indiana - pure F*&%KING gangland, the police escorted me out pretty sure just to make sure I didn't get car jacked. The second is Capetown had some problems during the day right downtown (nothing crazier than Toronto) but at night the city is side street after side street with no street lights and crowds of people doing whatever the F*&K they want in the dark. Having my girlfriend with me felt extremely unsafe. Never felt anything close to those feelings in european cities or Toronto even in *crack tower*, teasdale, tindle, river, cresent town, flemo, jane and finch etc the "bad" parts of Toronto are incomparable to an actual bad city. Anyone crying about how bad this place is should thank their lucky stars they've lived a sheltered enough life to be able to view this place as dangerous hahaa
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:

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
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.