Reading the police blotter is a depressing business, but it teaches equanimity. There are lots of muggings in Toronto. A few in my neighbourhood is little to be concerned about.
But reading the police blotter is a depressing business, because it teaches how similar man is to the coyote. We attack the weak and in packs.
In the past 48 hours, for instance, two muggings in the Weston area were reported to police. The first was of a 19-year-old young woman. The other was of a 72-year-old man. Both were swarmed by a pack of criminals. Both were assaulted. Happily, neither was left seriously injured.
On Monday, four men attacked the senior citizen at the corner of Wilson and Jane at 6 pm. One of the muggers assaulted him with pushes and slaps before pulling a knife to threaten him. They fled empty-handed.
On Sunday, a young woman was near Pine and Lawrence West when she was approached by three men. One pushed her to the ground while they robbed her of her phone, cash, and transit tokens.
You can view a map of the recent muggings in Weston here.