Rexdale is a Toronto neighbourhood that is located in the Etobicoke area of the city. It is sometimes known as “North Etobicoke.” The Rexdale boundaries include the Humber River in the north, Rexdale Boulevard in the south, Islington Avenue in the east and Highway 427 in the west. Some consider the area to be larger and count the area as far north as Finch Avenue or Steeles Avenue to be part of the Rexdale neighbourhood. There are several smaller neighbourhoods in Rexdale, including Thistletown, Smithfield and the Elms.
Rexdale has a number of single family homes as well as larger apartment buildings and condominiums. There are also several commercial establishments as well as an industrial area in the south of the region. Rexdale Park is a main park in the area. It is located near Elmhurst Drive.
Rexdale Crime Statistics
In the area bordered by the Humber River in the north and east, Islington Avenue in the east, Kipling Avenue in the west and Genthorn Avenue and Fordwich Crescent in the south, there is an average of 7.19 crimes against people per 1000 living and working in the area. There is an average of 9.4 crimes against property per 1000.
In the area south of Genthorn Avenue and Fordwich Crescent down to Rexdale Boulevard, still between Kipling and Islington, there is an average of 6.5 crimes against people and 14.28 crimes against property.
The region bordered by the Humber River, Rexdale Boulevard, Kipling Avenue and Highway 27, there is an average of 3.41 crimes against people and 15.14 crimes against property. In the area bordered by the Humber River, Rexdale Boulevard, Highway 27 and Highway 427, there is an average of 3.96 crimes against people and 20.84 crimes against property.
In December 2011 two people were shot near a Rexdale banquet hall. From City TV:
Two people have been taken to hospital after a shooting in Rexdale late Sunday night. Police were called to a banquet hall in the Albion Road and Highway 27 shortly before 11:30 p.m.
A female victim was shot in the foot and driven to the hospital by a friend. EMS transported a second male victim in his mid-20s to hospital with a gunshot wound to the buttocks. Both victims are expected to recover.
In April 2011 a man was shot in a Rexdale apartment building. From the Toronto Star:
A man is dead following a shooting in a Rexdale apartment building early Saturday. Police were called to an apartment on Bergamot Ave., near Islington Ave. and Rexdale Blvd., just after midnight after a passerby found the victim.
Once on scene, emergency officials located the victim — believed to be in his 20s — in the building’s lobby suffering from two gunshot wounds to his torso.
In May 2009, shots were fired in a jewellery store robbery at Rexdale Plaza. From CP24:
A woman in her 50s has cuts to hands after shots were fired in a jewellery store robbery in north Etobicoke. Police are looking for three masked men they say robbed the store in the Rexdale Plaza at Islington Avenue and Rexdale Boulevard area. Witnesses say the men ran out of the store and got into a dark coloured jeep or van.
In November 2008 the Toronto Emergency Task Force was called to a Rexdale shopping mall after an armed robbery took place. From CTV:
The victim was leaving a business where he worked at a mall near Albion Road and Islington Avenue when he was held up by suspects with a weapon. Police say they have arrested two people and have recovered a machine gun.
In January 2008 a teenager was stabbed in the stomach in Rexdale. From City TV:
A 17-year-old boy had to undergo emergency surgery after being stabbed in the stomach in Rexdale. Officers were called to Kendleton Drive near Finch and Albion around 12:30am Friday. An ambulance transported the victim to a nearby hospital. The teen’s injuries are serious and no arrests have been made yet.