Break-ins in Old Toronto: The latest police statistics

Seventeen break and enters reported in Old Toronto last week (Oct. 18) compared to just five in 2016, according to Toronto police.

The number of recent break-ins in Old Toronto is significantly higher than the same period last year.

In 2016, the number of break-ins in the Old City — the oldest area of the city — was four, while in 2017, it was just two.

This represents a marked increase from the 2014 to 2015 period, with four to five incidents.

This is not entirely clear due to the complexity of the crime, which involves the destruction of items without their owners’ knowledge.

In 2015, the most recent full year for data, the same number of cases was reported to the force. And in 2014, there was just one case reported.

Police have attributed the increase to an increase in the population and an increase in the number of families.

In 2017, one of the break-ins in the Old City was reported to be a result of a struggle and two cases were the results of forcible entries.

In 2015, nine forcible entries were reported to police. And there were a further five break-ins resulting in forcible entry plus two forcible entries which resulted in the loss of possessions, the force of entry and/or the theft of personal possessions.

In 2014, there were three forcible entries and six break-ins resulting in forcible entry.

Toronto Police Service crime statistics data — which include both cases involving an offender and those in which an offender is not charged or accused — are gathered through more than 300 investigations for each police district.

The police statistics cover a 13-month period between April and September 2014. There are also statistics based on the 2015, 2014 and 2013 crime statistics for the same time period.

The data for the Old City can be found in the following charts:

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