Car Smash and Grab in Toronto

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Canadians seem all smiles and cuddles, however at least one specializes in car smash and grabs.

We were enjoying a sumptuous Chinatown late lunch with friend @mchoi9 at über-authentic Hong Kong-style place House of Gourmet:

House of Gourmet Toronto 1

Meanwhile, two blocks away, our car:

Toronto Smash and Grab

Stay tuned…

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[…] for times of year, times of day, types of permit and more. Last year in broad daylight we had a smash and grab in Chinatown when a friend left his backpack in our backseat. The police don’t even show for […]

Pointsanddtravel
8 years ago

Bummer man, so sorry to read that about the rental car smash up… nice to meet you though.

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[…] Sunday afternoon feast upended by a smash and grab on my rental car in Chinatown, Toronto. Don’t park on Huron between D’Arcy and Baldwin. […]

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[…] early dinner and noticed the drive side rear window smashed.   Pictures of the damage can be found here.  My backpack was missing and it was pretty obvious what had just occurred.  Theft.  We opened […]

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[…] Rapid Travel Chai, another blogger on BoardingArea, had a less amiable experience in Toronto Chinatown during the TBEX conference. […]

Matt M
Matt M
8 years ago

Yeah, thieves are opportunistic like that. Hope nothing too valuable was taken. People are jerks sometimes, even Canadians, it turns out.

Matt M
Matt M
8 years ago

And more on topic, did you leave something sitting out in plain sight?

I guess I’m a creature of habit from living in Baltimore for 8+ years now, but I never leave anything out in the car that is, or might indicate there’s something, worth stealing. I follow this religiously no matter where I go, and even so, I’ve still had my car broken into 2 or 3 times.

Sorry to hear regardless. This is never a good feeling.

Rapid Travel Chai
8 years ago
Reply to  Matt M

@Matt M – all our stuff was in the trunk and untouched, unfortunately, we let our guard down picking up our friend, who is a seasoned and careful traveler, with the seemingly safe neighborhood on a bright sunny day, his pack was in the back seat and that is what was taken.

Rapid Travel Chai
8 years ago

@All – the police response was “it happens all the time,” and did not bother to show up; a neighbor said he has seen it at least 20 times in the year he has lived there and nothing is done, not even a camera installed.

Carl
Carl
8 years ago

There are a lot of property crimes in Canada and little police enforcement. I have no idea why Canadians put up with this. It’s embarrassing.

Concussioner
Concussioner
8 years ago

It was probably Mayor Ford on a crack binge

Curtis
Curtis
8 years ago

Point is the same regardless. People break into more cars in Canada because there is basically no penalty to doing so.

Matt M
Matt M
8 years ago

Except the death penalty doesn’t prevent crime, statistically speaking. But believe whatever you want if it makes you sleep better at night.

Joe
Joe
8 years ago

Funny (but not) you say this – I was in Toronto 2 months ago with a couple friends from NY and we were all joking about how we saw 3-4 police officers total during our 2 day stay. It was like there is no force at all.

Curtis
Curtis
8 years ago

Canada is actually really bad about this. My parents and sister in Vancouver had a lot of stuff stolen out of their car exactly the same way (popped open trunk too). When the police came, they didn’t care. Basically what they told them is that this kind of crime is NOT prosecuted much and the penalties are VERY minimal… so guess what!? People just keep doing it. I don’t leave anything in a car at all while in Canada for this reason. Such a shame… This is why I live in Texas and agree with the death penalty. If there… Read more »

Kevincm
8 years ago

Oh no…. 🙁