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Old 04-07-2013, 11:39 AM
 
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Hi guys, I know Toronto is one of the safest cities in North America considering its size and I am considering moving there, howeaver the problem with the increasing amount of violent crime and speacially shootings in more crowded and trendy areas of the city like malls instead of low income neighberhoods where crime usually happens more often made me a little bit scared, am I too paranoid or Toronto is becoming more dangerous? Sometimes I have the impression that shootings are not isolated cases anymore.What do you guys think?
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Yes, you are being too paranoid. There have been some high-profile public shootings, but the chances of you being a victim of a random shooting in Toronto are infinitesimally low. Unless of course, you are involved in gang or drug activity - then you still have a low chance of being shot, but considerably more than the average person.

The fact is that random violence is completely unpredictable, but extremely rare in Toronto. You have a far higher chance of being hit by a car or killed in a car accident.

High-profile shootings in public places get a lot of media attention, but the reality is that Toronto is one of the safest cities in North America. Don't let media coverage scare you or convince you that this kind of thing is the norm here, because it's not.

I've lived and worked in neighbourhoods considered to be the most dangerous in Toronto, and have only had problems late at night in South Riverdale years ago before it gentrified. I was accosted on two different occasions by people who wanted to rob me. I got away both times, my life and valuables intact, but these were both cases of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I should have known better, but I was being stupid and got caught slipping. As I've gotten older and smarter, nothing like this has happened to me again. Toronto is very safe, but you have to exercise street smarts and take the same precautions you would in any large city. Public shootings are so rare that I wouldn't even think about them. There are far more prosaic ways to die that are much more common, like cancer or an auto accident.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I agree with TOKidd - I live right DT and have not felt unsafe in practically every circumstance since i've been living here for the last four years, including walking around most nabe's at night. The most bothersome things that occur are panhandlers asking for money. For the most part I no longer give them anything because my pockets run only so deep and you just get sick of it. I give them a curt - sorry I have no change and they leave me alone.

Keep your nose out of trouble and if you make an honest living you'll practically have zero chances of getting involved in any type of violence.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:21 PM
 
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you are being paranoid. toronto is still arguably (or at least one of the) safest largest cities in north america.
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Just like the people who don't want anything to do with cruises after recent events, just like people who are terrified to send their kids to school now... you're letting the media scare you.

Snap out of it.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:40 PM
 
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Well guys, thanks a lot for the replies, What got me scared at frist was shootings happening in malls, busy and commercial streets and innocents getting killed, cause again I know this kind of stuff happens in low income neighberhoods.But this is apperently from what you guys have said a media overeaction just to sell newspappers.

And I have been doing some research and Toronto looks a lot of safer than american cities like Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco etc....
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Toronto, ON
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I feel much safer in Toronto than I ever did in Halifax. Here, the violence seems somewhat contained to certain areas or specific individuals. In Halifax, there is more random violence, the type where you can be jumped or swarmed while walking the streets or punched in the face because you bumped some guy in a club. Halifax can be a rough place!
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Canada
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True, there is alot of dick heads in Halifax. The south end is the only nice part of Halifax. Downtown is cool but the rest of the city is a dump. The north end sucks, spryfield and the west end suck. Dartmouth sucks etc etc....Too many bored and spoiled kids walking around trying to act tough. Halifax is infamous for swarmings, I've seen it happen on several ocassions.
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