Impact on Toronto:“Community and public safety is the cornerstone of building strong and vibrant neighbourhoods. A lack of safety diminishes the quality of life for individuals and families, and hinders the development of cohesive communities.”
— Stephnie Payne, Executive Director, San Romanoway Revitalization Association
Why it matters:A sense of security and safety affects the quality of life in Toronto and our ability to enjoy life to its fullest. Personal safety determines how Torontonians socialize and participate in their neighbourhoods and city.
• Crime rates in Toronto dropped again for the fourth year in a row in 2010 to a rate of 5,864 criminal code offenses per 100,000 population. The Toronto Region’s total crime rate is still the lowest of any of the 32 metropolitan regions in Canada.
• The majority of high-rise apartment dwellers in Toronto’s inner suburbs generally feel safe: only 12 per cent in a recent study felt their building was unsafe.
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