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What’s a homeowner to do when there’s a spate of home break-ins by armed assailants?

If you’re in Toronto, apparently the best advice police can give you is give up your car to avoid being hurt by a violent criminal.

“To prevent the possibility of being attacked in your home, leave your fobs at your front door,” Constable Marco Ricciardi of Toronto Police Services advised at a community meeting. “Because they’re breaking into your homes to steal your car. They don’t want anything else. A lot of them that they’re arresting have guns on them, and they’re not toy guns. They’re real guns. They’re loaded.”

The advice came after it was revealed that home intrusions—many of them by armed criminals—for the purpose of stealing cars had already reached the total from all of last year. According to Toronto Police Chief Myron Demkiw, more than 12,000 vehicles were stolen across Toronto last year. Additionally, carjackings are on pace to more than double in 2024 compared to last year.

The first reaction for many Americans to such advice is thinking how crazy it sounds. But after some community members questioned giving their cars away to thieves to avoid an armed assault, the Toronto Star came to the police’s rescue.

The Star’s story, headlined, “Should Torontonians leave their keys where thieves can find them? Why the idea may be better than the alternative,” actually interviewed a former thief currently in witness protection who said the constable was giving sound advice.

“It’s not a bad idea,” the unidentified former thief told the Star. “I’ve been there. I’ve done it. I’ve gone into people’s houses.”

The thief further told the Star that he was often armed and on crack cocaine when he broke into homes. As the story reported, “The difference between a robbery and a murder is often a one-second lapse of judgment, he reasons. If a thief stumbles onto your seven-year-old daughter’s bedroom looking for your car keys, the former thief said, ‘Now your daughter has seen his face.’”

As The Truth About Guns readers know, Canadians have been pushed, shoved and pummeled by the government to the point where they are nearly completely disarmed. Now that the government has accomplished that goal, the best advice it can offer is to leave your keys at the front door so armed criminals, who haven’t obeyed the gun laws, can take your car without hurting you?

This seems to be one of those situations where the operable phrase is, “You’ve got to laugh to keep from crying.” Home intruders in the United States know they stand a good chance of being shot if they break into a citizen’s house. That’s why most thefts at homes are done when the residents are away.

Alas, in Canada the opportunity to fight off an armed home intruder is all but gone. And while Americans can shrug and say, “Too bad,” gun-ban advocates want the same thing for citizens of our country.

If we don’t fight diligently to protect our right to keep and bear arms, it’s not impossible that we could be getting similar advice from the “authorities” in the next five or 10 years.

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38 COMMENTS

  1. And layered on top of this is the dramatic rise in squatters, often illegal aliens, and all the problems they cause. No help from the Authorities there either. Any honest citizen in the USA who doesn’t accept responsibility for their own safety and protection of their property is a fool.

    • To avoid the hassle and expense of a broken and jimmied front door repair by the thief, why not just leave the fob on the dash of the unlocked car, in plain sight?

      Wouldn’t that just be easier for all involved?

      His suggestion is nearly as brain-dead *stupid* as someone wedging a block of rubber behind the trigger of a striker-fired gun as a ‘safety’…

  2. “Because they’re breaking into your homes to steal your car. They don’t want anything else. A lot of them that they’re arresting have guns on them, and they’re not toy guns. They’re real guns. They’re loaded.”

    gee whiz, I mean if its so easy for them to just walk up to the door to get the keys then why are they bothering to carry loaded guns?

    well, maybe they were breaking into your homes to steal your car but criminals are an opportunist bunch so it was actually not just for the car keys and was also for anything else they can get their hands on including your ability to remain free of injury or death. Criminals overall don’t break into your home just to get car keys. And leaving your keys at the door for them is not going to make that opportunist bunch not break in if they choose to do it.

    Seriously, these cops act like the only thing these criminals want is your car.

    “A lot of them that they’re arresting have guns on them, and they’re not toy guns. They’re real guns. They’re loaded.” …. because it proves one again if you disarm the law abiding with gun bans like Canada has done the criminals will still have guns. In other words, Canada has victimized its law abiding population and subjugated them.

  3. The logical end to this road is why bother with private property at all and just let the strong take whatever they want from the weak.

    Far too many people are okay with this. Fae too many people equate being strong with the sort of ghetto fabulous behaviour of that 12 year old stabby mental case from yesterday’s post and equate being weak with some sort of high-road martyr ideal all the while the people who push this nonsense out to the moron mass are living in upper class gated communities that just so happen to be ethnically homogeneous.

    From their perch stop the gate they tell one side their behavior is not only justified but righteous and they tell the other side to accept their plight with dignity because the “cause” will reward their souls. Funny that a group largely seen as unreligious and atheistic puts so much value into unreal and unquantifiable concepts complete with promises of salvation and a post-life existence forever at peace in the kingdom of woke once they’ve given all they have to the cause.

  4. Maybe instead of leaving the keys at the front door, just leave them in the vehicle so that the robbers do not need to go into the home if the vehicle is “all” they want… jesh, what a mess there…

    • Hell… Leave them in the ignition with the motor running and the door open. That way the criminals won’t have to look any further. You’ll not only save yourself, but your whole neighborhood. It is the most virtuous thing to do. A small price to pay for helping the underprivileged.

      What a mess, indeed.

  5. Want to avoid a break in!
    Leave your car unlocked with the keys visible and that way the thief will take your car and not break-in.
    The police and politicians should take their advise and leave their vehicles unlocked with the keys visible.

    • Please also include multiple signs to let them know that the car is unlocked, and has the keys in it. Please also leave enough cash in the car so the criminals can also buy gas, snacks, drugs, and alcohol if they want. Please also include your young daughters in the car, as the criminals may want them.

      We don’t want anyone to get hurt.

      • Be sure that the signs are in both French and English, it’s Canada after all. Here in the States it would be English and Spanish I guess.

  6. As long as the Police will give me assurance that they will recover my car (undamaged) or will fund its replacement it’s fine to me.

    • Pr0gtards will say that is why you have insurance.

      Yes, I know pr0gtards have no idea how insurance really works.

  7. The Toronto Police Department does not want to do their jobb because criminals have “real guns. They’re loaded.”

  8. Canuckistanis are being conditioned to accept their fate. Today it’s the criminals breaking into their houses, tomorrow it will be the jack-booted thugs coming to round up the thought-criminals for transport to the gulags, were a rainbow clad thug will line them up at the lip of a trench and then …

    Well, you get the picture.

  9. I would be disinclined to acquiesce to such a request. Perhaps, alternatively, the key could be left in the ignition? As a courtesy, perhaps keep your tank full and a Tim Horton’s gift card in the cup holder?

    In short, no.

    • The whole progressive vision is morally bankrupt, hypocritical, and just completely blind to the consequences of their grand vision.

      While it probably started as “let’s be nice to each other and treat everyone else equally”, it had morphed into something terrible from associated agendas, victimhood culture, and a desire for revenge for events in the distant past.

  10. Wait a minute. Isnt Canada supposed to be some kind of socialist utopia where there are no guns, or the process to get a gun is some insane, costly procedure by the average law abiding citizen?
    Did the criminals go through that process?

  11. I have a very large & strong fakebook friend who lives in a suburb of Toronto(Mississauga). I guarantee he ain’t acquiescing to a miscreant demanding his car keys. Canucks practically gave away their huge country with a minuscule population. Say what you want about ILL annoy but only a tiny fraction of gat owner’s registered their gunz. Really tiny. Take that fat boy🙄

    • And the Quebecois will still say they are more French than the French and the French aren’t French enough.

  12. Why is it always leftist politicians in the cities happily selling out their citizens to the criminals and still demanding they (the politicians) have well-armed security around themselves?
    Who is getting paid off? I have to agree with the Florida Sherriff who said it is hard for criminals to become repeat offender if their dead.

    • Because the l3ftist politicians are the self-annointed saviors and rulers of the downtrodden masses.

      Rank has privilege.

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