Friday, October 15, 2004

Crazy crimes

There's a war goin on outside, no man is safe from
You could run but you can't hide forever
from these, streets, that we done took
You walkin with ya head down scared to look
You shook, cause ain't no such things as halfway crooks

Over the past few months there have been some interesting attempts at crimes here in Toronto. In the big city usually one becomes accustomed to the murders, robberies and the like. Its pretty much par for the course in North America and compared to most American cities (read US cities) we are pretty safe crime wise. However recently there has been a string of attempts at disturbing crimes.

Actually if I think about it, it started last winter when the Police closed a city park which was frequented by many dogs and their owners because one dog had become sick after eating something found in the park. I actually didn't pay much attention to that crime since it really only affected a few dogs who got sick and I think one or two may have died. It was a bit unusual but I just thought someone who hated dogs and was crazy just let things get a bit out of hand. Police investigated and found some sort of poison but never made any arrests. Of course it could have been worse if you think about it because some small kid playing in the park could have taken up the poison and put it in their mouth and then ..... Wow don't even want to go there.

Then late this summer someone found an industrial razor connected to a piece of wood buried under a beach volleyball court. After a bit of searching police found about 15 more of these devices. Now that was very disturbing to me because if you saw the size of these razors you know they would have done some serious damage if someone had fallen on them. And it wasn't like this device was something you could buy in stores. Someone sat and put the razor into the wood deliberately and then buried them under the sand. What kind of person is that deranged? Again police searched found the devices but up to today no arrests have been made.

Then a few days ago there as a report that someone found pieces of glass superglued to the monkey bars and slides in a children's park. Sick isn't it? Apparently it was a teenagers prank because police actually have charged a 15 year old with this crime and is looking for his accomplices.

Add to that in recent prosecution of street gangs in court it has come out that at one point they targeted innocent bystanders just to throw police off their tracks. Its all a bit disturbing isn't it. Another sign of the last days you say or the moral decline of society. Whatever it is it doesn't make one seem safe here.


Xaymacan said...

Time for me to run home to the surety of gang warfare in the downtown core! Kingston is looking better and better, especially when you throw in the gyal pickney dem.

krsone said...

Although I agree these odd crimes can keep you off guard and worried I recently saw on CP24 that Toronto's violent crime rate was the lowest it's been in 3 decades. I also read somewhere that per capita Toronto is the safest place to live in Canada.