How safe is Toronto? (Is Toronto Safe)

Riyko
#1
My parents are refusing to let me go to Toronto because they don't feel it's a "safe" place to go and they say it's a foreign country blah blah blah. I'm going to be 20 soon so I don't think that's a problem.

So how safe of a place is Toronto actually? is it safe enough for a 19 year old girl or is it not that safe, but it's safer to go with someone?
 
missile
#2
This is just my opinion,but I feel Toronto is safer than most any city or town in the USA
 
I think not
#3
Being from Utah, Walla Walla Washington may seem "unsafe" to you, comparatively speaking. Like any other place in the world, stay out of the rough areas.
 
Kreskin
#4
Totonto is full of eastern Canadians. Better to pack heat when there.
 
fuzzylogix
#5
Toronto is definitely safer than some of the big American cities like Washington or Detroit, but unfortunately there are a few areas now that have serious gang warfare and even cops I have talked to say they are nervous in these areas and feel that anarchy has hit. But any big city naturally starts having some social problems. We at least dont have as huge a gun problem as some of the US cities. Public transport is really very safe. What are you planning to do in Toronto?
 
GreenGreta
#6
They just announced that an escaped, convicted rapist is hiding in good ole Toronto as we speak. Native american, shaved head, tattoo of knife on hand.

You'll be safe in Toronto unless you are stupid. If you walk around like a moron down dark alleys at night, you are not safe regardless of the town. It would be like any other city, do you have cities where you live? Are you allowed to go to them? If so, then you will be just as safe in Toronto.

It isn't how safe the city is... it's the smarts of the person walking around it that counts.

Toronto has some really cool stuff to see also. It is an amazing city and you don't want to not go. Yummy restaurants, cute young guys in suits, mmm.
 
sanch
#7
There is a board on lonely planet called thorn tree where you can get specific travel advice.

The hostel system in Canada is very good and you may want to try that as it has the advantage of almost immediate friends and security.
 
tracy
#8
I never had any problems in Toronto as a young single gal
 
Riyko
#9
I think not
I've been to washington many times, and yes my parents don't even feel it's safe there.

fuzzylogix
I'm going to be up there to check out a couple of colleges, for vacation and to visit on of my friends and go to animenorth while i'm there.

GreenGreta
I have cities around where I live, but i'm only allowed to go to the ones that aren't that far away from where I live.

sanch
I've never heard of lonely board before?

Also since i'm on that topic is Oakville a safe place as well?
 
sanch
#10
Here is the link to the hostel. They are very safe and friendly.

www.hihostels.ca/hostels/Onta...els/index.html (external - login to view)

This is the thorn tree which is a good resource for anywhere in the world.

thorntree.lonelyplanet.com/ (external - login to view)
 
dekhqonbacha
#11
I was in Toronto only once. According to my friends and to my reseach, Toronto is much safer than any other north american city.
 
starlett
#12
to the Poster who asked about Oakville.

Oakville is a suburban town west of toronto and i have lived here for 28 years. I find it is extremely safe and a good place to live.

BUT unfortuately it is very boring. Yes they have a variety of pubs but their transit system is i shall say "mediocre"

To get home from a pub in downtwon oakville by bus you'd have to leave by 11:45pm to catch the last regular service bus. Taking a cab is ex*****ve (especially if you and your companion lives on separate sides of town)

it is a safe place to live - but if you want a place with decent nightlife & transit - Toronto is the place for that
 
dekhqonbacha
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by starlett


it is a safe place to live - but if you want a place with decent nightlife & transit - Toronto is the place for that

for nighlife - montreal.
 
Nuggler
#14
When our daughter was a young'un, we never wanted her to go anyplace because she was our daughter.

That's something all parents have to work through and get over.

We took a deep breath, and said "go for it". She did. Ottawa, London England, Scotland, Spain, Maritime provinces, Vancouver. She got jobs wherever she went, made friends she still writes to, had a good time, and got an education.

She told us later that she was "very careful", and I guess that's the secret.

Bad thngs can still happen; but, you can get hit by a car crossing the street in front of your house.

Good luck:

Ugg.
 
LittleRunningGag
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by dekhqonbacha

I was in Toronto only once. According to my friends and to my reseach, Toronto is much safer than any other north american city.

Well now, I wouldn't go that far. Weyburn, SK still qualifies as a city (I think) and the one murder they've had in the last five years was the talk of the town for months.
 
Andem
#16
Well, Toronto is a very safe city and you should be able to get by without any problems. Some places to avoid are the rough areas such as Regent Park, Saint-James town and some separate districts both east and west of the city core. The northern areas are very safe and I wouldn't expect anybody have any problems what-so-ever there.

Oakville is safe, but as a previous poster said, quite boring. Areas exactly ajacent to Toronto are fine, and 'unboring'. York Region is connected by transit to Toronto, so Richmond Hill or Thornhill are fine.

Note: Toronto is very expensive. Rent costs are high and shopping is equally expensive in mainstream areas like the Eaton Centre.
 
Hank C
#17
Toronto is probably one of the safest large cities you can visit in north america.....why would your folks think its dangerous?

plus with our lax canadian justice system, you could probably get caught selling coke, buying illegal firearms, and sodomizing a 14 year old child....and still be home before college starts
 
thecdn
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by LittleRunningGag

Weyburn, SK still qualifies as a city (I think) and the one murder they've had in the last five years was the talk of the town for months.

With a population of 10,000 they're calling it a city? That's kind of pushing it a bit :P
 
Riyko
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by Hank C

Toronto is probably one of the safest large cities you can visit in north america.....why would your folks think its dangerous?

plus with our lax canadian justice system, you could probably get caught selling coke, buying illegal firearms, and sodomizing a 14 year old child....and still be home before college starts

My parents don't think it's safe because canada's a foreign country and that all foreign country's aren't safe no matter what... Plus i'm the only girl and the youngest and my parents are overly protective of me =/

The reason for oakville being my best friend lives there and because a college i'm checking into is located there as well.
 
thecdn
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by Riyko

My parents don't think it's safe because canada's a foreign country and that all foreign country's aren't safe no matter what...

I take it they don't read/watch the news and realize that Canada along with a number of other 'foreign countrys' are safer than the violence prone USA?
 
Andem
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by Riyko

Quote: Originally Posted by Hank C

Toronto is probably one of the safest large cities you can visit in north america.....why would your folks think its dangerous?

plus with our lax canadian justice system, you could probably get caught selling coke, buying illegal firearms, and sodomizing a 14 year old child....and still be home before college starts

My parents don't think it's safe because canada's a foreign country and that all foreign country's aren't safe no matter what... Plus i'm the only girl and the youngest and my parents are overly protective of me =/

The reason for oakville being my best friend lives there and because a college i'm checking into is located there as well.

Riyko, you might want to remind your parents that Canada and most European countries are safer than the United States. Most cities in the U.S. I wouldn't even go out past dark :P I have no problem in Canada or Europe
 
mabudon
#22
I would have to echo the sentiments already posted here- I am from a much smaller town, and while Toronto can be a bit overwhelming at first, it is a really fun place, and having been there many times it is quite simple to avoid the trouble spots- and liike everyone says, it is basically as dangerous as you want to make it- if you just want to see some of the sights and have some fun, it is quite safe- we just went to see a heavy metal concert last week and we walked all over downtown and had a really great time, there was not any incident-

And as for it being a "foreign country".... I don't know how that makes a diference, there are SO many folks from SO many places there, it is very much a mosaic, which makes it seem (to me at least) much more open and "tolerant" in ways thatr smaller towns like our own kinda aren't, oddly.

I'm sure you will enjoy itand have a fine experience should you end up going there
 
Finder
#23
Toronto is safe in gerneal. Unless you are looking for trouble you are safe.
 
Riyko
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by thecdn

Quote: Originally Posted by Riyko

My parents don't think it's safe because canada's a foreign country and that all foreign country's aren't safe no matter what...

I take it they don't read/watch the news and realize that Canada along with a number of other 'foreign countrys' are safer than the violence prone USA?

They read the paper, but don't watch the news all that much.

The one thing that gets me the most is they've been up to Canada many times and still go, but yet they don't feel safe if I go alone for 4 days.
 
dekhqonbacha
#25
Riyko
are you from Utah?
or for your profile you picked Utah just like this?
 
hiAll
#26
I have friends in Toronto - they love it there. Never compleined.
 
tamarin
#27
I live within an hour and a a half of Toronto. Locals here seldom go there. They think there's too much crime. But obviously crime seems to be centred in specific sections of the city and if you don't go to those areas you should be fine. Most people I know in Toronto are happy and when asked about the crime issue merely reply, "It's a big city. You'll always be safe as long as you're not careless about where you go." Makes sense to me. Kinda. But if you're not from Hogtown I guess you've got some bonin' up to do!
 
GuyIncognito
#28
I grew up in Milton which is a Suburb of Toronto and I can vouch that if you just be aware you will come to no harm, however if you are looking for a GREAT time visit Ottawa, It's cleaner, Safer & The Market is possibly the funnest place on Earth.
- With St. John;s, NFLD coming in a close second.
 
hiAll
#29
People! Please try living in other places then Canada to find out what crime is. Come to Poland and kick someone’s *** as hard as you can in the center of Warsaw or devastate a shop. No stress – even if you’d be caught by police, courts have no time to take your case and there is no place in prisons anyway. If you are looking for a safe place better stay at home and pray (just don’t use gun in self-defense! You’d be accused for murder and then there would be a place for you in jail for sure!). The only one who can feel safe here is a criminal!

So… what was the question about Toronto?
 
Riyko
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by dekhqonbacha

Riyko
are you from Utah?
or for your profile you picked Utah just like this?

Wow sorry for the very late reply on this

I'm from Utah, i've lived here since 1988.

hiall

The question was if it's a safe place to go to
 
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