Roncesvalles is a Toronto neighbourhood that is located east of High Park. The area’s northern boundary is Bloor Street, while the southern boundary is the Queensway and Queen Street. Parkside Drive is the western border and Sorauren Avenue is the border in the east. In the past, Roncesvalles has been listed as one of the Toronto neighbourhoods with the most property crime.
While there is an average amount of crimes against people, property crime rates are quite high in some parts of Roncesvalles.
The northwestern part of the area, north of High Park Boulevard between Roncesvalles Avenue and Parkside Drive has an average of 4.4 crimes against people per 1000 residents living and working in the area. It has an average of 19.15 crimes against property. South of High Park Boulevard, between Roncesvalles Avenue and Parkside Drive, there is an average of 5.85 crimes against people and 14.69 crimes against property.
The northeastern region, between Roncesvalles Avenue and Sorauren Avenue and north of Wright Avenue has 6.9 crimes against people and 43.3 crimes against property. South of Wright Avenue, there are 8.29 crimes against people and 30.69 crimes against property.
In areas where there is a high amount of property crime, it is important to take precautions and ensure that your property is protected from burglars, robbers, vandals and other criminals. Having a monitored alarm system installed on your property and using video surveillance cameras to record actions that take place are two smart ways to protect your home.
Unfortunately, not all areas are protected by security cameras and criminals take advantage of locations that are not very visible. A disabled man was found dead in a laneway near High Park in April 2010. Police considered the death suspicious and noted that the area was dark and not very visible. People in the area at the time heard an argument take place, but no one witnessed the murder. Having security cameras and proper lighting would have made the laneway much safer and kept the area protected.
Another way to prevent property crime is by making sure your home looks occupied at all times. If you are going to be out of your home for a long period of time, ensure that you have placed your lights on timers and that you have motion-activated lights installed around your home.
It’s important that you install lights in places that are poorly lit. Proper lighting makes an area safer and increases the effectiveness of security cameras. Criminals prefer to act in darkness and therefore a well-lit area will be a crime deterrent.
The Roncesvalles neighbourhood was also the scene of a robbery where two security guards were robbed of cash on their way to making an ATM deposit. The guards were ambushed by a pair of armed criminals who stole the money at gunpoint. Both criminals were covering their faces with balaclavas.
This situation highlights the fact that you need to be aware of your surroundings at all time, especially when you are carrying valuables. If you end up in a situation where you feel uneasy, leave the situation immediately. You can never be too safe and it’s better to be safe than sorry.