Corktown is a Toronto neighbourhood that is located downtown. It is located south of Regent Park, below Queen Street and north of the Gardiner Expressway. It is located between Berkeley Street to the west and the Don River to the east. The area is a historic one that also includes Toronto’s Distillery District. There are also several vacant industrial buildings in Corktown, though some have been repurposed and used in other ways. The area also contains many row houses, businesses and public spaces.
Corktown is one of Toronto’s most historic areas and is currently undergoing massive restoration and development. Like all Toronto neighbourhoods, there is crime in Corktown.
The area between Queen Street and Eastern Avenue has an average of 6.81 crimes against people per 1,000 and 32.96 crimes against property. South of Eastern Avenue, including the Distillery District, there are 8.19 crimes against people and 29.22 crimes against property.
When you are dealing with a neighbourhood that is under extensive change and renovation, there is always the possibility of crime. This is especially true when you are dealing with a neighbourhood that still has a number of vacant buildings. According to BlogTO:
The low-rent element might have left Corktown, but the streets are empty after dusk, and the main drags – King and Queen East – are still conspicuously bare. There are empty storefronts, and a startling paucity of retail, especially for a neighbourhood whose real estate turnover in the last few years saw it proclaimed a budding hot spot by the Toronto Star.
Criminals generally target areas that seem empty and deserted. This gives them the opportunity to strike without being seen and allows them to escape the scene of the crime without being noticed. They do not want to be caught and punished for their crimes and thus they choose areas where they feel that they will not be noticed.
One of the best ways to fight against crime is to make it so that criminals can no longer hide. Installing exterior lighting around your home or business makes it much less difficult for criminals to sneak around. Motion-activated lighting is an excellent way to ensure visibility around your property. Motion-activated lighting will scare criminals away because they do not want to be caught and punished for their crimes. Also, because the lights only turn on when there is motion detected, they conserve energy as well.
In addition to installing proper lightning around your home or office, you should consider installing security cameras as well. When combined with proper lighting, you will be able to capture detailed images from around your property. Security cameras work to deter criminals who would rather hit an easier target. In addition, if a criminal does decide to attempt illegal activity on your property, security cameras will catch them in the act.