The statistics used to create the crime map were provided to CBC News by the office of Toronto Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong. His office had obtained the data, which was collected by Toronto police, from the city.

The names and boundaries of the 140 neighbourhoods depicted in the map are based on the City of Toronto's official neighbourhoods. Clicking on one of the neighbourhoods will reveal the statistics going back to 2004 for each crime category.

The colour gradient on the map is based on the range of criminal occurrences per 10,000 neighbourhood residents in each category in 2011.

For instance, there were 369 instances of assault reported in the Kensington-Chinatown neighbourhood in 2011. But the figure that was plotted on the map for that neighbourhood is 199.3, which is the number of assaults reported per 10,000 residents of Kensington-Chinatown in 2011, as reported in the census.

Per capita numbers are not displayed for past years because there is no reliable population estimate for those neighbourhoods for any of those years except 2006, which was another census year.

The "ranking" of a neighbourhood as it relates to criminal occurrences was also based on this per capita figure, and not the actual number of criminal occurrences in that area.

Limitations

  • There is a significant portion of criminal occurrences that have no associated geographical information. Those incidents have been laid out in a table below, as have the crime numbers for the city as a whole. Note that the city numbers include the occurrences that have no associated geographical information.
  • When it comes to drug charges in particular, there is a high proportion of ungeocoded occurrences. Drug charges with no associated geographic information accounted for 35.5 per cent of all drug charges in Toronto for 2011. "This could happen because the event occurred at a new address that has yet to be uploaded onto data tables or it was inputted as a general address, such as 'Eaton Centre' or ‘Near Yonge and Dundas,’" a police spokeswoman said in an email.
  • The murder section of the crime map should be interpreted cautiously, considering there were only 45 homicides in the city in 2011. With this relatively small sample size, it is not advisable, for instance, to conclude on the basis of murder data, that a given neighbourhood is significantly more prone to murders than another. Moreover, there were no murders at all in 100 of the 140 neighbourhoods.
  • Some crime indicators, notably, assault, encompass a wide range of criminal behaviour. There is no way of being able to judge the severity of assaults from the data that was made available to us. For example, there is no way of telling if a given neighbourhood has a high proportion of extremely violent assaults relative to the total number of assaults.

Crime indicators for Toronto

  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Assault 24449 25420 25178 24743 23677 23046 22861 22759
Break and enter 17357 15172 15618 14354 12987 12405 11921 10961
Drug charges 6340 5992 7244 7029 7165 6635 7002

7965

Murder 64 80 71 86 70 62 63 50
Robbery 5349 5652 5916 5710 5478 5448 5218 5341
Sexual assault 2629 2901 2708 2537 2566 2689 2851 2991
Stolen vehicle 11102 10457 10307 9806 7869 6542 5544 4385
Theft over $5,000 1633 1352 1188 1124 1040 1038 1008 989
Total 68923 67026 68230 65389 60852 57865 56468 55441

Crime indicators with no associated geographic information

  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Assault 1929 2146 2019 1827 1179 1673 1701 1672
Break and enter 629 498 501 481 381 463 394 426
Drug charges 1561 1367 1806 1707 1617 1788 2772

2830

Murder 4 5 0 3 6 1 1 1
Robbery 689 810 690 636 523 576 530 519
Sexual assault 395 558 535 495 425 450 595 524
Stolen vehicle 1245 1174 1051 718 479 385 355 220
Theft over $5,000 167 160 136 91 77 61 67 82
Total 6619 6718 6738 5958 5287 5397 6415 6274