Leslieville (or South Riverdale) is a Toronto neighbourhood located east of the Don River. The boundaries of Leslieville include Eastern Avenue in the south, the Canadian National Railway lines in the north, Empire Avenue in the West and Coxwell Avenue in the east. It is located in the Toronto-Danforth riding.
There are many trendy and exciting stores in the region as well as a great deal of green space.
In general, the Leslieville neighbourhood has an average amount of both property crime and crime against people.
The area north of Queen Street and west of Jones Avenue has an average of 8.81 crimes against people per 1000 people living and working in the region. It has 38.36 crimes against property per 1000. North of Queen, between Jones Avenue and Greenwood Avenue, there are 9.89 crimes against people and 25.17 crimes against property. Between Greenwood and Coxwell there are 13.55 crimes against people and 22.22 crimes against property.
South of Queen Street, between Empire Avenue and Carlaw Avenue, there is an average of 18.31 crimes against people and 40 crimes against property. Between Carlaw and Leslie Street, there is an average of 11.85 crimes against people and 28.52 crimes against property. Between Leslie Street and Eastern Avenue, there are 13.55 crimes against people and 22.22 crimes against property per 1000.
One of the most shocking crimes to take place in this neighbourhood was a 2008 shooting outside of the Duke of York tavern. A 23-year-old woman was shot and killed outside of the bar and four others were wounded. The woman who was killed was a bystander. After a three-day manhunt, the suspected shooter surrendered to Toronto Police.
The shooting left many feeling unsafe and afraid in the area and across Toronto.
An increase in the number of guns and other firearms in the city was frequently blamed as the reason for the increasing number of shootings in Toronto.
In 2009, a man was stabbed and killed inside a Leslieville basement apartment. Neighbours heard an argument coming from the apartment and police reported that the victim was stabbed by another man at some point. Neither the victim nor the suspect lived in the building.
Another Leslieville death, look place in 2010. In this case, a man found the dead body of his friend inside a home at Gerrard Street East and Greenwood Avenue. The body showed signs of trauma and police considered the death suspicious. The victim was later identified as 20-year-old Jin Tao Zhu.
He died from blunt force injury and the case was ruled a homicide. Four young men and one youth were charged with second-degree murder.
These seemingly random crimes are further evidence that you can never be sure of your safety. Proper alarm systems and other security services are the key to staying safe inside your home. It is also very important that you are aware and alert of what is going on around you and that you avoid potentially dangerous situations.
The year 2010 was also known for a series of suspicious fires in Leslieville. One fire in July took place in an alley behind several businesses. Police say that a young man is believed to have set several boxes on fire, causing damages to the businesses. A few weeks earlier, three garages in the area were burnt as well as a house’s front porch.
Security cameras and other surveillance equipment is vital in catching and identifying criminals in such cases.