Toronto police are conducting additional patrols amid a spate of violent carjackings in the city

Police say they have increased patrols in several parts of the city, where violent carjackings have taken place in recent weeks.

The latest series of carjackings took place Wednesday night when three separate victims saw their vehicles stolen at gunpoint in the space of just two hours.

Earlier this week, his Range Rover from Toronto Maple Leafs attacker Mitch Marner was also stolen at gunpoint outside an Etobicoke movie theater. He was unharmed in the incident.

All told, the Toronto Police Department say 93 carjackings were reported in the first five months of 2022, compared to 103 in all of 2021. They say 64 of those incidents were weapons and are being investigated by the raiding squad.

“We have deployed dedicated resources to investigate these carjacking investigations and have increased the number of patrols in the targeted areas. We want to reassure the public that we have committed our resources to ensuring public safety,” Const said. Alex Li told CP24 on Friday afternoon. “But we also want the help of community members. If you see something, say something. If you see anything suspicious, whether you see a suspicious type of vehicle or a group of people, give us a call and let us investigate the incident.”

Li said in light of the violent incidents, drivers should remember to always keep their car doors locked when behind the wheel.

But he said confrontations should be avoided at all costs if approached by individuals seeking to steal their vehicle.

“Give up the vehicle, go to a safe place and call 911 immediately,” he said.

Toronto mayor has asked other governments for help

Li’s comments on Friday come in the wake of Toronto Mayor John who sent a letter to his federal and state government counterparts asking for help as the city grapples with the eruption of violent carjackings he previously reported. has compared to a ‘plague’.

In the letters, Tory said there have been 93 carjacking incidents in the city so far this year, compared to just 21 at this time in 2021.

Many of those incidents, he said, were “disturbingly” related to the use of weapons and/or violence.

“This situation and the trendline cannot continue and I am writing to ask for your help,” he said. “I believe that by working in partnership, all three levels of government — along with the Toronto Police Service and other local law enforcement agencies in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area — can turn the tide of increasing car thefts.”

Tory had several specific questions in his letters.

He reiterated a request to the county government council in December to establish a car theft task force in conjunction with municipalities and said he would like the RCMP to work with and support that task force as needed.

He also said the Ontario government could provide additional resources to the Toronto Police Service to help tackle the “epidemic” of car thefts.

He went on to say that all three levels of government should work together to explore “upstream solutions,” such as assembly line steps.

“I look forward to the work we can do together on this important issue. We just have to act to get better results and I think it’s best done together,” he said. “The status quo is just not acceptable to any of us.”

Crime expert shares tips on what to do if you are approached by armed thieves

In his letter, Tory pointed out that the increase in car thefts this year is greater than the increase in all other key crime indicators tracked by the Toronto Police Department.

Speaking to CP24 earlier in the day, crime expert Mark Mendelson said carjackings may be on the rise because these thefts are easier than using technology to steal key rings from inside a home to unlock parked vehicles.

“It’s easier than being out in the middle of the night with a computer playing in someone’s driveway. This is a much easier way, albeit the car accidents that crop up are quite extensive,” he told CP24 Friday morning.

“It started and ended in thirty seconds and, you know, they don’t care about witnesses driving by, it’s not their problem,” he added.

Mendelson also shared some tips on how to protect yourself if you’re the target.

“If you see someone coming to your vehicle and you’re concerned about that, whether it’s two or three people, you lock the doors and set the alarm with your key fob. Making some noise is not what they want, they don’t want to draw attention,” he said.

However, if there is a threat to your safety, Mendelson says you must comply and give up your vehicle.

“If you are approached by armed people, give up and give them the car and it can be replaced. It’s just not worth your life trying to protect this vehicle.”

Mendelson added that if you feel you are being followed, drive to a police or fire station and call authorities.

“There is nothing wrong with driving to the nearest police station or fire station, using the car alarm, dialing 911, making noise and attracting attention. The police won’t be annoyed if it turns out to be a fake call. Given what’s happening here now, that’s not a problem.”

If criminals try to steal your car with kids in it, Mendelson says they’ll likely let you take the kids before taking the vehicle.

“I’m guessing if they’re going to carjack you to get your kid out of that car seat, that shouldn’t be a problem. That’s a dilemma they don’t want to face and hopefully no one has to face that position,” he said.

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