Robberies decrease after police crack down on Yonge & Eglinton incidents
“Assaults and robberies tend to correlate with each other because, if it’s not a robbery, then it’s an assault obviously.” — Constable Somers
Unlike many other crime statistics for 53 Division that show increases from 2017 to 2018 year-to-date, intsances of robbery have decreased.
“One of the things we realized with robberies was there was a large focus on robberies in the Yonge-Eglinton area,” said Const. Somers. “We were able to determine through investigation and tracking that that was being largely instigated by the student population of the surrounding schools.”
Somers said that the police were able to identify and infiltrate the behaviour of certain groups of students from different schools in the area. “It made a significant dent in the amount of robberies in 53 Division,” said Const. Somers.
Similarly in Leaside this past August, a 15-year-old male and 19-yearold male were arrested and charged after allegedly robbing a 17-year-old male and 18-year old female at gunpoint as they were walking in Howard Talbot Park.
53 Division at 75 Eglinton Ave. W. (Yonge & Eglinton)