Humberwood is a Toronto neighbourhood that is located in the former City of Etobicoke. The neighbourhood boundaries are Highway 427 in the west, Highway 27 in the east, Rexdale Boulevard in the south and Humberline Drive, Humber College Blvd and Finch Avenue in the north. It is located in the northwestern edge of Etobicoke.
Humberwood Centre is one of the most notable places in the region. It is an integrated, mixed-use facility that includes a Catholic school, a junior middle school, a public library, a child development centre and a parks and recreation centre, community hall and community centre.
Humberwood Crime Rates
Humberwood has an average amount of crime and the crime rates in the region are similar to those of the surrounding neighbourhoods. The crime rate is relatively average for the City of Toronto.
In the area south of the Humber River to Rexdale Boulevard, between Highway 27 and Highway 427, there is an average of 3.96 crimes against people and 20.84 crimes against property. North of the Humber River there is an average of 7.04 crimes against people and 11.18 crimes against property.
In August 2008 a man was shot in a drive-by shooting in the Finch and 427 area. From Parent Central:
A man is in hospital after being shot in the shoulder in a drive-by shooting in the city’s northwest end. The victim was shot at around 5:50 p.m. as he sat in his car on Channing Place, a residential area north of Etobicoke’s William Osler Health Centre, near Finch Ave W. and Highway 27.
Witnesses said they saw the passenger of a dark red or purple Chrysler Intrepid fire three or four shots at the victim, while heading south down Channing Place. The victim, who is in his twenties, was hit in the left shoulder and was taken to Sunnybrook hospital in serious condition.
In November 2010, two people were injured in a shooting that also took place in the Finch and 427 area. From 680 News:
Two people were injured following a Saturday morning shooting in the Finch 427 area, Peel Regional Police confirmed.
Gunfire rang out at an after hours club on Brandon Gate. One person remains in critical condition with a bullet wound to the back; the second victim was shot in the leg. A suspect was taken into custody.
In July 2009, a home in Humberwood was invaded and the family inside was threatened and extorted. From the Toronto Star:
An Etobicoke family is recovering after a terrifying home invasion during which they were tied up and threatened with death early Thursday morning.
Up to five burglars stormed into an apartment on 700 Humberwood Blvd. around 4 a.m. and demanded $70,000 cash from the two adults, who were tied up with their baby.
The family was told they would be killed if the money wasn’t delivered to the suspects by the end of the day. Following the attack, the culprits headed to a housing complex on Rowntree Rd. to pick up the money.
Home invasions are terrifying and can often lead to serious injury or death. In order to protect your home and your family, you need to have a strong security system in place. You must make sure that all of your doors and windows lock securely and that the locks, door and window frames and the doors and windows themselves cannot be easily broken. Bars and gates can provide this extra protection.
In addition, home alarm systems should secure all entrances, not just doors on the ground floor. A centrally monitored alarm system will be able to alert the police of the situation even if you are unable to speak, which sometimes is the case during a home invasion.
Video surveillance cameras are also great tools for deterring criminals as well as for providing evidence of criminal activity. Centrally monitored video cameras can be used in conjunction with a centrally monitored alarm system to allow the monitoring station to identify the type of crime taking place before quickly dispatching police.
In the Humberwood invasion situation, nearby residents were shocked that this type of violent crime could occur in their neighbourhood. From CityNews:
Humberwood resident John Chambers says it’s unusual to have something like this happen in that location.
“It’s a really nice building and when you see stuff like this, it puts a stigma on the building,” he stated.
It is important to remember that crime can unfortunately take place at any time in any neighbourhood. Protecting yourself with a high quality alarm system is a great way to keep yourself save should the unfortunate occur.
For more information on how you can keep you and your family safe, please contact our loss prevention experts.