I subscribe to a number of neighbourhood email lists, and talk to residents every day, and from this anecdotal evidence alone, it is clear that a wave of break-ins and thefts has swept over parts of Grandview recently. On Venables Street, for example, a number of households in a single block were hit night after night with burglaries and robberies. A man was caught trying to break into my own building last week, thwarted by a neighbour who called the police. It does have locals concerned and talking.
And this local concern seems to fit into a general pattern across the region (shootings in Metro, etc) and indeed the country. According to a recent Angus Reid report, crime has increased from a low in 2014, ticking up slightly each year since:
Along with that comes a fall in the confidence that Canadians have in the various parts of the justice system:
I don’t offer any opinions on what this all means; just wanted to share the data.