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Friday, December 8, 2017

New Toronto Police Crime Maps

The Toronto Police Service has recently introduced a new Crime App to their Public Safety Data Portal and has since discontinued their Weekly Crime Indicators map that we have been referencing for our Weekly Crime Summary updates.

The Toronto Police Crime App is a powerful new mapping tool featuring searchable up-to-date reports of criminal activity across the city.

Unfortunately, our Weekly Crime Summary updates will be temporarily suspended until we have had the opportunity to adjust to the Toronto Police Crime App.

In the meantime, please visit the Toronto Police Crime App here »

For more information, please refer to the Toronto Police Service Public Safety Data Portal.

If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Weekly Crime Summary (November 20 - November 26)

Central Etobicoke Area
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The following is a summary of crimes that have been reported in the Central Etobicoke area during the previous week. These reports are collected from the Weekly Crime Indicators map published by the Toronto Police Service.

If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, or have any information about one of these crimes, please contact the Police.

By standing together as a community and looking out for our fellow neighbours, we can dissuade these types of crimes from occurring where we live, where we work and where we raise our families.


Weekly Crime Summary (November 20 - November 26, 2017):

Edenbridge / Humber Valley Village
Auto Theft near Lemonwood Dr. / Knowland Dr.
Monday, November 20, 2017 at 6:00 am

Eatonville / Six Points
Assault near Dundas St. West / Subway Cres.
Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Princess Gardens / West Deane Park
Break-and-Enter near Winsland Dr. / Dewsbury Cres.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 12:00 am

Edenbridge / Humber Valley Village
Auto Theft near Edgehill Rd. / Westridge Rd.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Edenbridge / Humber Valley Village
Break-and-Enter near Edenbridge Dr. / Knoll Rd.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The Kingsway
Assault near Prince Edward Dr. South / Meadowvale Dr.
Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm

The Kingsway
Break-and-Enter near Islington Ave. / Meadowvale Dr.
Friday, November 24, 2017 at 2:00 am

Thefts from Vehicles: There were 2 reported thefts from vehicles in the past week; near Bloor St. West / Cosmo Rd. in The Kingsway and near The East Mall / Redcar Ave. in Eatonville. Please note, that thefts from vehicles tend to be under-reported. If you have had something stolen from your vehicle, please report it to the Police.


If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Disclaimer: The above addresses do not show the exact locations of occurrences, as incidents on the Toronto Police Service’s Crime Indicators Map have been randomly offset in order to protect victim privacy. The purpose of this report is to give community members more awareness of crime events in their area and to emphasize the importance of reporting such crimes.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Minimizing the Risk of Keyless Vehicle Theft


This week, Police in England released security footage of two car thieves breaking into a Mercedes using a relay device. This incident is thought to be the first of its kind caught on camera. In the video, one thief can be seen scanning for the car’s key fob through the walls of a home while the other stands next to the car with a second device waiting for the car doors to unlock. In less than a minute, the device is able to trick the car into thinking the key fob is present, thus enabling the thieves to get into the car and drive away without triggering the alarm.

Source: businessinsider.com/thieves-unlock-a-mercedes-using-device-relays-keys-signal-west-midlands-police-2017-11

As more vehicles come equipped with keyless entry/ignition systems and as such relay devices become more easily accessible to car thieves, high-tech crimes like this are at risk of becoming more commonplace in our neighbourhoods.

Here are some actions you can take to minimize your risk:
1. Keep your keyless entry car keys well away from your car.
It sounds obvious, but a spate of attacks appear to have happened in the US that exploit this. A radio signal amplifier has been used by the thief to amplify the signal from your keyless entry keys, making the car think the keys are next to it, rather than in the nearby house. The car then unlocks when the door handle is pulled. It starts, and off the thief drives. So, if your car is parked close to your house, don’t leave the keys near the front door. Keep them well away from the car, so this ‘amplification’ attack is harder.

2. Consider putting your keyless entry keys in a RF shielded box or pouch.
Keyless entry is so easy. Keys in pocket or bag, car opens for you. Make this attack so much harder by stopping the radio signals getting from your keys. It’s a pain having to take them out of the pouch, but it could stop your car being stolen. If at home, keep the keys in a small metal box, ideally one that’s shielded from radio waves. Lead, copper or silver can work well!

3. If your car hasn’t been for a service call recently speak to your dealer.
Unless your car can update its software by itself, then it may need a software update to fix security flaws. This may require a trip to the dealer, so speak to them.

4. Even if you don’t have a keyless ignition car, don’t leave valuable stuff in it.
The attacks work against non-keyless ignition cars too. It’s just that it can be a harder to start the engine, requiring different techniques and maybe some old-school hot-wiring of the ignition. The car can be unlocked, so don’t leave anything in it. Again, this is really obvious, as smashing a window works almost as well for a thief.

Source: pentestpartners.com/security-blog/practical-security-advice-for-keyless-cars
High-tech car thefts such as this date back to 2015, when serious security flaws were flagged by experts but some major car manufacturers tried to keep the issue quiet. Read more here: computerworld.com/article/2971826/cybercrime-hacking/hack-to-steal-cars-with-keyless-ignition-volkswagen-spent-2-years-hiding-flaw

RF shielded bags (such as Faraday Bags) are worth purchasing if you are concerned about protecting key fobs and other smart devices (phones, tablets, etc.) from remote hacking. Read more here: micahflee.com/2015/11/some-thoughts-on-faraday-bags-and-operational-security

For more information on minimizing the risk of your car being stolen or broken into, please refer to the Toronto Police website on Crime Prevention and Community Safety (Auto Theft).

If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Weekly Crime Summary (November 13 - November 19)

Central Etobicoke Area
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The following is a summary of crimes that have been reported in the Central Etobicoke area during the previous week. These reports are collected from the Weekly Crime Indicators map published by the Toronto Police Service.

If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, or have any information about one of these crimes, please contact the Police.

By standing together as a community and looking out for our fellow neighbours, we can dissuade these types of crimes from occurring where we live, where we work and where we raise our families.


Weekly Crime Summary (November 13 - November 19, 2017):

Eatonville
Auto Theft near The East Mall / Gibbs Rd.
Monday, November 13, 2017 at 8:00 am

Eatonville
Auto Theft near The East Mall / Gibbs Rd.
Monday, November 13, 2017 at 10:00 am

Princess Gardens
Break-and-Enter near Kuhl Ave. / Hedges Blvd.
Monday, November 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Six Points / Islington Village
Assault near Michael Power Pl. / Resurrection Rd.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The Kingsway / Humber Valley Village
Break-and-Enter near Dundas St. West / Old Oak Dr.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Six Points / Islington Village
Break-and-Enter near Bloor St. West / Dunbloor Rd.
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Humber Valley Village / Edenbridge
Break-and-Enter near Royal York Rd. / Edenbridge Dr.
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Eatonville / Six Points
Assault near Dundas St. West / Acorn Ave.
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Eatonville
Break-and-Enter near The East Mall / Valhalla Inn Rd.
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Six Points / Islington Village
Assault near Cordova Ave. / Central Park Rdwy.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:00 am

Eastonville
Auto Theft near Dundas St. West / Billingham Rd.
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 1:00 am

Edenbridge / Humber Valley Village
Assault near Edenbridge Dr. / Knoll Dr.
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Thefts from Vehicles: There were 3 reported thefts from vehicles in the past week; near Bloor St. West / Islington Ave. in Islington Village, near Bloor St. West / Eagle Rd. in Islington Village, and near Dundas St. West / Subway Cres. in Six Points. Please note, that thefts from vehicles tend to be under-reported. If you have had something stolen from your vehicle, please report it to the Police.


If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Disclaimer: The above addresses do not show the exact locations of occurrences, as incidents on the Toronto Police Service’s Crime Indicators Map have been randomly offset in order to protect victim privacy. The purpose of this report is to give community members more awareness of crime events in their area and to emphasize the importance of reporting such crimes.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Suspicious Activity near The Kingsway / Prince Edward Dr.

Please note, we have received a tip about suspicious individuals casing a number of homes near The Kingsway / Prince Edward Dr. North.
“We reported to the police over a week ago two white men; one with a back pack, the other with a crowbar-looking object (we have them on video) at 4am on a Wednesday in our back yard looking in the doors and trying to come inside. We also have them on video looking at our basement window along our driveway. 
Our neighbours also reported that their back gate was left open. (They left ours open too). So they are obviously casing the street. 
Please let people in The Kingsway neighbourhood aware of what we saw so they can be diligent in locking doors and and setting alarm systems.”

At this time of year, please take extra care when working outside your home that all your doors and windows are locked or secured. There can often be a rise in the number of break-ins at this time of year, as criminals might be looking for an easy way into your home.

For more information on minimizing the risk of your home being broken into, please refer to the Toronto Police website on Crime Prevention and Community Safety (Home Security).

For more information on minimizing the risk of your apartment being broken into, please refer to the Toronto Police website on Crime Prevention and Community Safety (Apartment Building Security).

If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Weekly Crime Summary (November 6 - November 12)

Central Etobicoke Area
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The following is a summary of crimes that have been reported in the Central Etobicoke area during the previous week. These reports are collected from the Weekly Crime Indicators map published by the Toronto Police Service.

If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, or have any information about one of these crimes, please contact the Police.

By standing together as a community and looking out for our fellow neighbours, we can dissuade these types of crimes from occurring where we live, where we work and where we raise our families.


Weekly Crime Summary (November 6 - November 12, 2017):

Edenbridge / Humber Valley Village
Break-and-Enter near North Dr. / Courtsfield Cres.
Monday, November 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Edenbridge / Humber Valley Village
Auto Theft near Woodvalley Dr. / Cotillion Ct.
Monday, November 6, 2017 at 10:00 pm

West Deane Park
Robbery near Robinglade Dr. / Newcross Dr.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 12:00 am

West Deane Park
Break-and-Enter near Decarie Cir. / Brunner Dr.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 8:00 am

Eatonville / Six Points
Auto Theft near Dundas St. West / Aukland Rd.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Princess Gardens / Humber Valley Village
Theft Over $5,000 near Royal York Rd. / Eglinton Ave. West
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7:00 am

Six Points / Islington Village
Break-and-Enter near Goswell Rd. / Prennan Ave.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Six Points / Islington Village
Assault near Dundas St. West / Cabot Ct.
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Six Points / Islington Village
Assault near Michael Power Pl. / Resurrection Rd.
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Islington Village / Humber Valley Village
Break-and-Enter near Islington Ave. / Fairway Rd.
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Edenbridge / Humber Valley Village
Assault near Allanhurst Dr. / Morley Ct.
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Thefts from Vehicles: There were 3 reported thefts from vehicles in the past week; near The East Mall / Gibbs Rd. in Eatonville, near Warrender Park in Princess Gardens, and near James Gardens in Edenbridge. Please note, that thefts from vehicles tend to be under-reported. If you have had something stolen from your vehicle, please report it to the Police.


If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Disclaimer: The above addresses do not show the exact locations of occurrences, as incidents on the Toronto Police Service’s Crime Indicators Map have been randomly offset in order to protect victim privacy. The purpose of this report is to give community members more awareness of crime events in their area and to emphasize the importance of reporting such crimes.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Weekly Crime Summary (October 30 - November 5)

Central Etobicoke Area
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The following is a summary of crimes that have been reported in the Central Etobicoke area during the previous week. These reports are collected from the Weekly Crime Indicators map published by the Toronto Police Service.

If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, or have any information about one of these crimes, please contact the Police.

By standing together as a community and looking out for our fellow neighbours, we can dissuade these types of crimes from occurring where we live, where we work and where we raise our families.


Weekly Crime Summary (October 30 - November 5, 2017):

Islington Village / Humber Valley Village
Assault near Islington Ave. / Fairway Rd.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Eatonville
Assault near Redcar Ave. / Rollins Pl.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Six Points / Islington Village
Robbery near Michael Power Pl. / Resurrection Rd.
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 9:00 am

Six Points / Islington Village
Break-and-Enter near Cordova Ave. / Central Park Rdwy.
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Princess Gardens
Break-and-Enter (Commercial) near Bournemoth Rd. / Winterbourne Ct.
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 4:00 am

Princess Gardens
Break-and-Enter (Commercial) near Bournemoth Rd. / Winterbourne Ct.
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 1:00 am

Thefts from Vehicles: There were 4 reported thefts from vehicles in the past week; near The East Mall / Gibbs Rd. in Eatonville, near Ravensbourne Cres. / Evesham Ct. in Princess Gardens, near Royal York Rd. / Edenbridge Dr. in Humber Valley Village, and near North Dr. / Woodcrest Dr. in Edenbridge. Please note, that thefts from vehicles tend to be under-reported. If you have had something stolen from your vehicle, please report it to the Police.


If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Disclaimer: The above addresses do not show the exact locations of occurrences, as incidents on the Toronto Police Service’s Crime Indicators Map have been randomly offset in order to protect victim privacy. The purpose of this report is to give community members more awareness of crime events in their area and to emphasize the importance of reporting such crimes.