Runnymede is a Toronto neighbourhood that is located along Bloor Street West. The neigbourhood’s boundaries are Jane Street in the west, Runnymede Road in the east and Bloor Street in the south. The railway tracks north of Dundas Street make up the northern boundary.
The major streets in the region are Bloor Street, Jane Street and Runnymede Road. There is a mix of commercial and residential buildings in the neighbourhood and many of the street level units along major streets are commercial. Most of the housing units are single-family homes. The neighbourhood is part of the Bloor West Village shopping district.
Runnymede Crime Rates & Crime Statistics
There is a relatively average amount of property crime and crime against people in the neighbourhood. However, when investigating crime statistics it is important to take the statistics of the surrounding neighbourhoods into account as well as the specific area of interest. Criminal activity does not stop at arbitrary boundaries. Nearby neighbourhoods include High Park, Swansea and the Junction.
In the area bordered by Annette Street in the north, Bloor Street in the south, Jane Street in the west and Runnymede Road in the east, there is an average of 6.25 crimes against people per 1000 living and working in the area. There is an average of 21.61 crimes against property per 1000.
In the region bordered by the train tracks north of Dundas Street in the north and Annette Street in the south, between Jane Street and Runnymede Road, there is an average of 7.44 crimes against people and 27.42 crimes against property per 1000.
In January 2012, a man was arrested following a violent home invasion in the Bloor and Runnymede area. From 680 News:
Toronto police have arrested a man wanted in a violent home invasion. Slavoljub or “Louie” Petrovic is accused of breaking into a home in the Runnymede Road and Bloor Street West area on Tuesday. Police allege the 53-year-old slashed a woman in the arm and then fled the home with some cash. He has been charged with robbery, aggravated assault, weapons dangerous and forcible confinement.
Home invasions are incredibly dangerous and terrifying. In order to protect yourself, your home and your loved ones, you should ensure that all appropriate security precautions are taken. All doors to the outside should be locked with a strong dead bolt and windows should be locked from the inside. You may wish to install bars or gates on your doors and windows as well.
In addition, window and door frames should be strong enough so that they cannot be easily damaged or destroyed by potential intruders. It is also important to have a working alarm system that protects all areas of your home. Monitored alarm systems are a great idea since they can call the appropriate authorities for you if you are unable to do so yourself.
In November 2011, a woman was sexually assaulted in the Dundas and Runnymede area. From AM 640:
Toronto police want to alert the public about a sexual assault investigation. Police say a man followed a woman in the Dundas and Runnymede area on Thursday. It’s alleged that he grabbed her from behind, pushed her and then sexually assaulted her before fleeing the scene.
A man robbed a bank in the Bloor and Runnymede area in January 2011. From Posted Toronto:
A man made off with an undisclosed amount of money from a TD Canada Trust bank at Runnymede Road and Bloor Street West. The suspect told bank workers he had a gun, but did not reveal one. The suspect is described as a white male and wearing sunglasses, a grey toque and a black leather jacket with a hoodie underneath.
In August 2010, shots were fired instead a store during a robbery in the Dundas and Runnymede area. From CP24:
Police are looking for a suspect after shots were fired inside a 7-Eleven near Runnymede Road and Dundas Street. Police say the suspect entered the store at about midnight demanding cash. He made off with a sum of money, and shots were fired inside the store. No one was injured.
A man was shot and killed in the same area in a unrelated shooting that took place in August of 2009. From CityTV:
A man believed to be in his mid 20s has become Toronto’s 62nd murder victim of the year after a fatal shooting on Maria Stret near Dundas and Runnymede Tuesday night. The man, who was found without vital signs, was pronounced dead at hospital. The incident took place just after 10pm.
In November 2009, a shooting took place near Runnymede and Bloor. From the Toronto Star:
Police are looking for a shooter and a victim after witnesses reported gunfire from an SUV Saturday in Bloor West Village.
Police received reports that a black SUV with tinted windows and chrome wheels came to a stop and fired several shots at a white four-door sedan, possibly a Toyota, just before midnight on Elora Rd. near Birchview Cres. Witnesses told police there may be a victim, but none has turned up.