Downsview is a Toronto neighbourhood that is located in the former city of North York. It includes several large subdivisions as well as Downsview Airport and Downsview Park. The boundaries of the neighbourhood include Sheppard Avenue in the north, Highway 401 in the south, Highway 400 in the west and Allen Road in the east.
There are a number of smaller regions within the Downsview neighbourhood.
In the area bordered by Highway 401 in the south, Wilson Avenue in the north, Keele Street in the east and Jane Street in the west, there is an average of 8.22 crimes against people per 1000 living and working in the region. There is an average of 16.27 crimes against property per 1000.
North of Wilson, up until Calvington Drive, between Jane Street in the west and Roding Street, Ianhall Road and Agate Road in the east, there is an average of 11.62 crimes against people per 1000 and 18.83 crimes against property.
The area bordered by Calvington Drive, Jane Street and Roding Street, but south of Downsview Dells, there is an average of 10.07 crimes against people and 14.21 crimes against property. North of Downsview Dells there is an average of 6.21 crimes against people and 10.22 crimes against property.
In the area west of Jane Street to the 400, between Highway 401 and Sheppard Avenue, there is an average of 18.34 crimes against people and 44.88 crimes against property. This area is one of the Toronto neighbourhoods with the most property crime.
East of Downsview Dells and Roding Street, north of Calvington and west of Keele Street, there is an average of 11.2 crimes against people and 17.4 crimes against property.
South of Calvington to Wilson Avenue and across Keele to the area bordered by Stanley Green Park, Fredrick Tisdale Circle and Mount Sinai Memorial Park there is an average of 12.64 crimes against people and 30.46 crimes against property.
The Downsview Park & Downsview Airport region have an average of 7.21 crimes against people and 25.29 crimes against property. South of the park there is an average of 6.44 crimes against people and 20.55 crimes against property. In the region southeast of the park, near the intersection of Allen Road and Wilson Avenue, there is an average of 5.59 crimes against people and 14.7 crimes against property.
In July 2008 a teenager was stabbed in the Wilmington Ave. and Overbrook Pl. area. From the Toronto Star:
One youth was taken to Sunnybrook hospital with serious injuries after receiving a knife wound to his back. Another teen suffered minor injuries from the incident.
The suspects were last seen heading southbound on Wilmington Ave. Police believe the stabbing may have been related to a swarming or robbery.
Another teenager was stabbed in the area in 2009 at Downsview Station. From CTV News:
A teenager is in hospital after being stabbed during a fight on the platform at Downsview subway station.
Police were called there just before 4 p.m. They found a boy about 16 or 17, suffering from a knife wound to his face.
In August 2009 a shooting took place in the Sheppard and Jane area. From the Toronto Star:
Police said around 7 p.m. three males were standing outside a housing complex on Sheppard Ave. near Jane St. when a man across the street began making gestures at them.
The suspect then opened fire, shooting six times across four lanes of traffic, said police. One victim, 18, was shot in the leg and taken to hospital but has been released.
In 2010 a man was murdered near Downsview Park following a Canada Day fireworks display. From CP24:
The murder took place outside a fried chicken and fish shop in a plaza near Downsview Park, where a Canada Day fireworks display was held Thursday night.
Police say the plaza parking lot, near Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue, was packed with possibly thousands of people after the fireworks ended. There was a brief altercation and several shots rang out, says Toronto Police Const. Isabelle Cotton.
An eyewitness said at least five shots were fired and many of the man’s friends scattered
In August 2011 a woman was murdered in her apartment near Keele and Sheppard. From CityTV:
Officers were called to an apartment at 25 Seeley Dr. in the Keele and Sheppard area of Downsview around 12:30 a.m. Saturday where they found 25-year-old Pamela Ariza suffering from a fatal gunshot wound to the back. Another woman was shot in the knee.
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