An Jewish woman walking in her own neighbourhood in August 2018 spotted the SS symbol nailed into the stairs of a home.
At the time, the symbol appeared to have been made with wood and nailed to the bottom of the homes’ front stairs.
“It was disturbing,” she wrote in an e-mail to the National Post. “I’m Jewish so it’s just an extra added bonus.”
The resident filed a complaint to the Toronto Police Hate Crime Unit in mid-October, but didn’t hear back until the end of the month.
“You may be able to imagine how the Jewish community is feeling right now. You may not. Regardless, this is the sign of real brazen hatred,” she wrote to police in a follow-up email on Oct. 28, 2018.
The unit replied soon after and told her to report it to police in her division — but the woman didn’t follow up for months.
The SS or double lightning bolt emblem represents ‘Schutzstaffel,’ the name for the National Socialist bodyguards.
“I certainly feel that there is a white supremacist living in our neighbourhood.”
On May 14, the distraught resident followed up with local officers.
The National Post visited the home that day — the emblem had evolved, now covered with a smooth, glass plating with a painted, dark blue outline.
When asked about the symbol, the homeowners said their son made it in the summer of 2018, “just for fun.”
Police from the 55 division came to the home the next day, but did not find the symbol.
“When someone complains about an incident, whether it’s a criminal act motivated by discrimination or hate speech, a police report is filed and officers investigate,” said Detective Constable Kiran Bisla in a phone call with the National Post.
Another visit to the home showed the design was removed.
The Jew resident is happy the symbol is gone, but says a threat may still linger.
“I certainly feel that there is a white supremacist living in our neighbourhood and I do hope [the police] keep that on their records in case any incidents happen,” she wrote.