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EXCLUSIVE: COVID-19 sparks huge boost in downtown commercial break-ins: Cops

作者:admin 2020-05-28

COVID-19 commercial burglars aren’t taking a pandemic break on closed downtown businesses, crime statistics show.

There has been a 47% increase in Commercial Break and Enters (CBEs) between Jan. 1 and April 14 this year, compared to last year, a 52 Division report stated.

In the first quarter last year, there were 104 CBEs, compared to 153 reported this year.

Brazen burglars used to do only 9% of those CBEs between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Today, with so many businesses shuttered, 23% are occurring in daylight hours. That means more than twice as many daylight burglaries are being perpetrated compared to 2019.

The report says the increase is possibly due to the sparsely-populated streets, low traffic and closed stores.

The hotspots identified in the report are the Yonge St. corridor (at College Park and just north of it), Queen St. W. between University and Spadina Aves. and Dundas St. W. between University and Bay Sts.

Murder and mayhem aren’t taking a COVID-19 holiday, either. But some crimes are trending downward this year.

Toronto Police statistics reveal that at 30 homicides, killings are up 12% over this date last year. There have been 166 shootings, which is an 18% boost over 2019.

Assaults, at 6,668, are down 12% from a year ago, while auto thefts are up 5% with 2,036 vehicles pilfered to date.

Residential break-ins are down 12% with 3,007 reported, and sexual  assaults are down 20% to 814 reported cases so far.

 

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