Det. Eric Goldsmith, an officer in Scarborough's 42 Division, says 2011 has been the worst year for break-ins that he has ever seen.
As of May 12 there were 233 break-and-enters throughout 42 Division, up from 124 at the same time last year -- a 92 per cent increase.
"Largely we attribute that to the record price of gold," Goldsmith said on Wednesday.
"Very often they'll go along a street that backs onto a park or a ravine and they'll just go over fences into the backyard and into a house and the next and the next and the next," Goldsmith said.
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