Many North American cities have the reputation of being unsafe. However, this mostly applies to American cities. Canadian cities are far less dangerous than most American cities, for a variety of sociopolitical reasons. While I’m not going into that, Toronto is in general far safer than let’s say Chicago, or any of those cities. It’s one of the reasons why we are considered the best city to live in in the world. If you end up going through certain parts of Chicago or New York City, chances are you could get robbed quite easily. There are neighborhoods in LA that even the cops are wary of entering. This does not exist in Toronto. Yes, there are certain parts of Toronto that are shady, but they don’t approach anywhere near the level of danger present in many American ghettos and downtown areas.
The two areas most known for shady criminal activities are the areas of and around Sherbourne and Dundas, and Jane and Finch. Those areas are known for their high crime rates. Other shady areas are Malvern, Rexdale, Parkdale, Moss Park, and Regent Park. In fact, the whole Sherbourne strip from Gerrard to Queen is shady. If you do live in those areas, its not the end of the world, but you want to make sure your doors are locked and that you’re not taking lonely strolls at 3 AM in the night. If you’re a man, you’re probably safe drunkely walking home from bars, but if you’re nervous I would just take a cab. I have many female friends who walk alone through those areas and feel fine.
If you are anywhere else in Toronto, you should be fine. I personally have very rarely felt in danger in Toronto. You do hear about the occasional knifepoint robbery in a nice neighborhood but in all my years living in Toronto, I’ve only heard one story of that happening. You should obviously make sure you follow basic precautions such as hiring a high quality locksmith. I personally used a well known locksmith in Mississauga since I actually live on the border of Mississauga and Toronto. He installed a robust security system that includes a hidden camera near the door that is automatically linked to my cell phone and sends a notification any time there’s movement. This gets a bit annoying when it’s a cat, but I still think the system is excellent in case a robber decides to rob my place.