In the constant hunt for good news right now, Toronto Police have offered some encouragement. The latest numbers are out, and it turns out that crime in Toronto has gone down over the last couple of weeks. And pretty much across the board, too.\nToronto Police say that all major crime in the city has actually declined since Monday, March 16.\nAccording to the Toronto Star, the TPS has noticed that its weekly statistics show a drop in almost every major crime category, including assaults, robbery, car thefts, and break-and-enters.\nThe only major crime statistic that hasn't fallen? The city's homicide rate, says spokesperson Meaghan Gray.\nShe notes that while it's "far too early" to make a definitive statement on the stats, it can likely be attributed in part to social distancing measures in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, says CTV News.\n“The important thing to remember is that crime statistics fluctuate over time and for a variety of different reasons. Toronto police officers continue to respond to calls and protect our city,” said Gray, via the Star.\n“Most of these crimes are against people (assaults, robbery), but even crimes against property (auto theft, break-and-enters) have dropped,” she added, according to CTV.\nWe all have a responsibility to prevent the spread of #COVID19. #StayHome, maintain #PhysicalDistancing if you need to go out, and wash hands often. #WeAreInThisTogether - it is crucial that everyone cooperates. https://t.co/9Unc5FtjZu pic.twitter.com/PRmJJvTGcQ— City of Toronto (@cityoftoronto) March 30, 2020\nIn all fairness, it's been a long two weeks, and it doesn't seem too far-fetched to suggest social distancing could have been a big factor.\nAfter all, Toronto's been a shell of itself for much of the last few weeks.\nThe decrease in crimes against property should perhaps not be surprising, given that all non-essential Ontario businesses were ordered to close down early last week. There's far less property to target right now.\nGray also mentioned that a decrease in calls to the non-emergency police number could come down to factors like the lack of people in an area calling about a single incident, or a reduction in parking complaints.\nAfter all, on Wednesday, March 18, two days after this period of assessment by TPS began, the service announced it would be easing off issuing many parking tickets while people work (or don't work) from home.\nOf course, another factor could be that as local police stations are currently closed to walk-ins, people cannot currently report crimes in person in many areas of the province.\nIt seems social distancing has done little for the homicide rate, though.\nThe Toronto Police statistics updated March 30 show that 16 people have been killed in the city this year. That's the same number as at this point in 2019 — so at least it hasn't climbed.