Ar­rests made after rash of B&Es in York Mills area

North York Post - - News - — Mackenzie Patterson

Break and en­ters are on the rise in 32 Di­vi­sion with 557 ac­counts recorded as of Oct. 16 this year, com­pared to the 439 recorded for all of 2016.

This past June, res­i­dents of the Bayview Av­enue and York Mills Road area in­stalled “Neigh­bor­hood Watch” signs after notic­ing a se­ries of break and en­ters in their neigh­bour­hood. Mem­bers of the Bayview York Mills Chi­nese Com­mu­nity (BYMCC) formed the group to al­low for eas­ier com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice (TPS) when re­port­ing sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to Xiong Deng, co­founder of the BYMCC, the com­mu­nity saw five break-ins in one week be­fore the signs were put up. The com­mu­nity also stays in close con­tact through a group chat on the app WeChat.

“The signs help for sure. We all try to re­port things to the po­lice depart­ment and have them check on the area reg­u­larly,” Deng said. “We try to put into our so­cial me­dia and in our group and tell them to keep lights on and keep grass cut and that kind of thing.”

De­tec­tive Scott Moore with 33 Di­vi­sion said a num­ber of sus­pects have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the area break-ins. “We did ar­rest a num­ber of peo­ple in re­la­tion to those en­tries. York Re­gion had con­ducted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and we were work­ing with them, so they ar­rested peo­ple that turned out to be the sus­pects in our break and en­ters,” he said.

Some of the break-ins have oc­curred in the Chi­nese com­mu­nity, but Moore said he doesn’t be­lieve that the vic­tims were specif­i­cally tar­geted be­cause of their race.

“Ob­vi­ously some of the res­i­dences that were bro­ken into did be­long to mem­bers of the Chi­nese com­mu­nity, but I don’t know if they were specif­i­cally tar­geted,” he said. “I think it just hap­pened to be the gen­eral area that th­ese guys were work­ing in be­cause not ev­ery­body that was a vic­tim of a break and en­ter was from a Chi­nese com­mu­nity.”

Xiong Deng with a Neigh­bor­hood Watch sign

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