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Toronto Police Museum
Toronto used to be known as Toronto the Good. This probably had more to do with the piousness of the local than it had to do with the lack of crime in the city. The inhabitants of Toronto used to be so straight and narrow that sport teams where not allowed to play on Sundays. However all that has changed in more recent decades. The Blue Jays now play on Sundays.
How does all this relate to your safety in during your visit to Toronto? Well Toronto is probably one of the safest cities in North America but it still does have its problems. Random acts of violence, especially murders, are relatively rare events in Toronto but they do happen, let's say maybe once or twice a year. But what about other forms of crime. That is were Toronto has problems. Did anyone see Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" and the scene where people where leaving there doors open and Mr. Moore walks into their houses off of the street. Well to be honest I thinking he was stretching the truth with that one folks. Toronto does have problems with property crime and house, cars, and commercial properties being broken into on a regular. In this form of crime Toronto is just as bad as any other city. I met a lady from New York who left a case of bourban exposed in the back of her car in a downtown parking lot. Much to her surprised the case was stolen. When she stated that she thought Toronto was a safe city, I responded well it is and it is not. In Toronto we will rob, we just won't kill you.
That said, I would like to point out a couple of unsafe neighborhoods in Toronto. They include the Regent Park/Moss Park area which is east of Yonge Street and the Parkdale area which is north of the Exihibition Grounds. In either case, it is unlikely that you will have any need to be in these areas if you are a tourist. To be honest it is probably unlikely to get into any trouble in either neighborhood unless you are looking for some.
The Toronto Police Museum gives a good account of Toronto's criminal past.
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