Map of the Week: Crime
|MICHAEL STUPARYK/TORONTO STAR|
The available crime data covers the period from January 1 through August 28 of this year, so the crime rates per 1,000 should not be read as annual crime rates. Its usefulness is showing how crime, or at least reported crime, varies between neighbourhoods.
Downtown’s 52 Division (which has a resident population of about 41,000, far lower than the average of about 161,000) is included on the map out of consistency, but this is one case where looking at a ratio of residents and reported crime breaks down. There's disproportionately people and activity compared to the resident population.
There are certain patterns. Breaking and entering is concentrated in 55, 51, 52 and 14 Divisions, in the central city. The city's northwest (23 and 31 Divisions), on the other hand, seems to suffer more car theft.
The Toronto police publish this disclaimer about the data.