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Car thefts are reaching new heights in Toronto. (Archive photo)

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In Toronto, 2023 saw a significant increase in major crimes which reached a ten-year high. However, the face of crime is changing, with fewer gun deaths but more crimes like car thefts and break-ins. A situation that pushes some Torontonians to take matters into their own hands.

Telescopic stick on his belt, white shirt and black tie around his neck, Alex Klim calmly walks the snowy streets of the upscale Forest Hill neighborhood in Toronto.

He It's not yet noon, and the streets are practically deserted.

We are looking for people who scout. Most crimes take place late in the evening or at night. So what we see, most of the time, are people waiting in a car to see if there is activity in the house. […] That's what I'm trying to spot, he explains.

The young man is not a police officer , but a security agent from the company Avante Security Inc, which specializes in security services for individuals.

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He was hired by neighborhood residents to patrol the streets and monitor their homes.

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Alex Klim patrols the streets of Toronto's Forest Hill neighborhood looking for suspicious activity.

All of these homes are worth over $13 million. Someone who manages to get in can therefore make a lot of money, he explains, behind the wheel of his SUV.

In Forest Hill, as in many other affluent neighborhoods in the city, car thefts and break-ins are now almost a daily occurrence.

In Over the past year and a half, demand for the company's services has increased 300 percent, according to Avante Security Inc's manager of protective services and training, Mike Sheehan.

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Toronto's upscale Forest Hill neighborhood is regularly the target of burglaries.

A property in Forest Hill was the target of nine car theft attempts in three months.

Alex Klim says security officers from Avante Security Inc were able to prevent the theft each time.

People do business with us because we are able to arrive on scene faster than the police

A quote from Alex Klim, Operations Supervisor, Avante Security Inc.

According to statistics from the Toronto Police Service, 52,630 major crimes – a term that includes several types of more or less serious offenses such as theft, assault and homicides – were committed in the Queen City in 2023. This is a ten-year record.

While the number of gun casualties has decreased, with 139 injuries and 29 deaths in 2023 compared to 150 injuries and 44 deaths the previous year, car thefts and break-ins are on the rise.

Last year, 12,143 vehicles were stolen, compared to 9,771 in 2022. These numbers have been steadily increasing since 2017.

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The police recommend locking your doors and closing your windows, hiding or removing valuable items from the vehicle and avoid leaving identity documents there. (File photo)

Shootings have decreased over the past five years. In my opinion, this is the result of the effectiveness of the police in making arrests for possession of handguns, explains criminology professor at the University of Ottawa, Irvin Waller. p>

If it is difficult to explain the increase in car thefts, a phenomenon which also affects the United States, he is concerned about the fact that these Thefts are becoming more and more violent.

In 2023, the Toronto Police Service recorded 282 acts of carjacking.

When we realize that we can make more money from car thefts, we will see more violence

A quote from Irvin Waller, criminologist

He believes that while using private security companies can provide a feeling of security, the best way to combat crime is to attack the root causes of the problem. To do this, Irvin Waller recommends investing more in social programs.

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In the wealthy residential neighborhood of Lawrence Park, in Toronto, these trends are worrying.

After the murder of a young woman on her street corner in 2017, resident Didi Cameron decided to bring her neighborhood together to form a community watchdog group. neighborhood.

More than a hundred neighborhood residents now share information about suspicious activity in the neighborhood and exchange techniques to prevent burglaries. p>

We want people to know that this kind of thing is happening in their backyard, says Didi Cameron.

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Torontonians form neighborhood watch groups to thwart criminals.

In seven years, she says she helped set up similar groups in several other neighborhoods in the city, some less well off than others.

It's not just the nice neighborhoods that are affected

A quote from Didi Cameron

The residences participating in the project all display a sign to warn and deter criminals.

The message we are sending to criminals is that we are keeping an eye out and will call the police if we see something suspicious, says Didi Cameron.

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