Crime this week

There was none. Phew. That’s a totally typical state of affairs, and, even though I am glad for it, it is not at all surprising that there should have been a week without reported street crime. There are lots of weeks like that. Thanks to GV bringing this up.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

3 thoughts on “Crime this week”

  1. Why report no crime? It makes it seem as if this is an unusual occurrence for Weston. I might have been greatly misinformed, but when I searched crime statistics for Toronto, Weston was no more crime laden than the rest of Metro. Adam, if you have info to disprove this, please share it. Your constant harping on crime in Weston mars an otherwise good blog. It is part of the whole Weston Village, woe is me, we live in a ghetto sandwich mentality. I’d really like to read about your take on living in Weston village, do you see it as being under siege, or being part of a great ethnic area. Ultimately perspective shapes reality.

    1. Thanks for the interesting comment, GV. I report when there is no crime for a number of reasons:
      1) I think that it is important to provide balance. Think of plane crashes: people tend to remember the disasters; they never remember the 100,000 daily safe landings. I think that providing the non-crime stories provides some context akin to the 100,000 safe landings.
      2) I think that non-news is news, and that the downtown news gets it wrong much of the time. They are narratively driven and man-bites-dog. Providing non-news is not narrative nor spectacular. I think it is very important, though, because it provides context and gets at the facts real people face.
      3) I confess, I’m at a bit of a loss how providing, week-by-week, every week, stories of non-crime in Weston can make non-crime seem unusual. If there’s crime, I report it. If there’s no crime, I report that too. I’ve been doing it for a couple of years. Nothing could be more usual than non-crime in Weston. But I’ve amended the ‘phew’ to make that clear.

      Further to your other comments:
      I spend a lot of time looking at and writing about Weston crime statistics. In fact, I doubt many people spend more time on the 12 Division stats site than me. I wrote a piece early last month, for example, about the general decline in crime. The moral of the story: the great bulk of crime in 12 Division is from domestic assaults. Those have declined, bringing down the crime rate. Street robberies were up 33%, to 100.

      I absolutely, positively never engage in “harping”. Have a look. I never harp. In the great bulk of my crime stories, I provide the facts and only the facts, transcribed from police reports. When I do provide something other than what the police report says, it is usually context, such as the proximity to surveillance cameras, TAVIS, or the status of legal efforts to curb crime. I am about the least hysterical person I know about crime: and I would be. I’m huge, ill-tempered, and I like to choke people. I think the most hysterical I get is adding a “lousy” to a particularly bad week. But, after all, I am a person.

      I am constant, though. Or regular at least. I report crime once a week, and only once a week, on Friday or Saturday. I make exceptions only in the case of serious and very newsworthy crime, or in the case where police are asking explicitly for help: missing people, wanted people that kind of thing. 12 Division police put their crime reports into two categories. I use that division to report. They call them News Releases and Major News Reports.

      Finally, GV, I am a little perturbed by your insinuation that I am somehow untrue to the statistics. First of all, my father is a statistician. He’d kill me. It’s in my blood, too: I got 101% in undergrad stats. True. I never lie about statistics.

      I think, if you search for “crime statistics” on WW, you’ll find quite the opposite: that when the downtown media use statistics to sex crime up, I use statistics to put it back into context.

      If you would like to know the week-by-week breakdown of crime in 12 Division, go to torontopolice.on.ca. All the crime stats I use are there. In short, yes, there is more ‘crime’ in Weston than in Toronto (I say ‘crime’ because crime is diverse. Are you worried about being the victim of domestic assault, for instance? It’s a terrible crime, to be sure, but I’m not likely to be a victim. It’s measured by the stats, though, even though most people, like me, can say with near certainty whether they are in danger of being a victim. So using the stats to get clarity about your chances of being a victim of ‘crime’ is unwise. You need to try to tease out the information, but there’s not much there to tease apart. In other words, while I’m sure that crime stats are a tricky business, but I’m not sure that you would find the way the cops generate ‘crime’ stats very useful. Murder is another problematic one. But I’m getting off track.)

      But no, crime in Weston is nothing you should worry about. It’s higher than in Toronto, just like everywhere else. Everywhere has more crime than Toronto; it’s pretty much the safest city in North America. Here is the last time I tackled the topic.

      Cheers,

      Adam.

    2. And, with respect to the “siege” or “ethnic”, I’ll say this: neither. That’s a false dichotomy, and I won’t fall for it.

      I think Weston is, very loosely, three things: an established town, a suburb, and an ‘arrival city’, an area where recent immigrants make their first steps into Canadian society.

      Are “we” (your word) under siege? First, you presume too much about me and “we”. Second, I’d like you to define “siege”. A siege is violent. I do not see much (any) physical violence. Does the arrival of recent immigrants do violence to the social fabric of Weston? Well, it changes the social fabric of Weston, but I think to characterize this as a “siege” makes it a more emotional topic than is warranted and is a case of poisoning the well.

      Let’s take an extreme example to get to the complaint: me, I have no use for cheque-cashing stores. We really do seem to have a lot of those and very few coffee shops or restaurants. So, in some way, I feel unserved by the social (commercial) fabric of Weston. But, I love economics, and I know this: clearly, the money stores are serving someone and are making them happy, so what the hell, who am I to judge? It’s commerce and people engage in it willingly, I think.

      Yet, yes, I would say that being an arrival city has been to some degree incompatible with being an established town, if I extrapolate from a limited data point like this one. Do I think that’s a bad thing? Well, it’s unpleasant for some people, and pleasant for others. It’s not much of either for me, personally. I really could use a coffee shop, though.

      I think the suburban part of Weston straddles the two and is a source of great promise. But I wrote about that last week and I have to sleep.

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