Toronto police enhance surveillance amid business break-in concerns

Apr 7 2020, 9:11 am

Toronto police have enhanced the monitoring of select locations across the city, as some business owners have expressed concerns about vacant spaces being at risk of break-and-enters or vandalism.

For some small spots, however, the damage is already done.

The Federal, which, under different circumstances frequently boasts a line of eager brunch-goers out its front door, is — of course — closed to dine-in service.

An Instagram post shared by the restaurant on Monday shows the front window smashed; the caption reads, with flame-emojis between each word, “THIS IS FINE.”

 

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Another spot that has evidently suffered is Horses Atelier.

The small business shared an image of glass shattered on its floor last week, reporting that they were robbed but nobody was hurt.

 

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“We have heard concerns from some business owners about their closed locations and how they are potentially at an increased risk of break-and-enters, vandalism, or robberies and theft given reduced foot traffic and customer flow,” a spokesperson from the Toronto Police Service told Daily Hive.

“As a result, each division across the city has been tasked with monitoring these locations for the purpose of preventing and detecting crime.”

The spokesperson said this enhanced surveillance is achieved through intelligence-led crime analytics, which results in officers being present where the public needs them the most.

The Toronto Police Service also said that resources are available to guide business owners through a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design process, and that advice is always available from each division’s Crime Prevention Officer.

Resources for business owners can be found here and here.

As always, anyone who sees a crime in progress should contact 911, and any business owner discovering a break-and-enter or damage to property is asked to call 416-808-2222.

Situations can also be reported online.