307 assault cases reported to police last month in Mississauga and Brampton
Published February 4, 2024 at 10:06 am
Assault cases are experiencing a resurgence in Peel Region, as police report over 300 incidents in the past 31 days, in Mississauga and Brampton.
According to Peel Regional Police data from Jan. 3 – Feb. 3 (2024), there was a whopping 307 cases related to assaults— which is equivalent to 9 or more crimes of this kind being committed each day.
Of the 337 combined assaults across both cities— 135 were in Mississauga and 172 in Brampton.
Compared to the same time last year (Jan 3. – Feb. 3, 2023), the combined assault count for Mississauga and Brampton was considerably higher, reaching 516 incidents. While there has been a notable 40.5% decline in crimes of this nature, it remains a growing concern for residents.
Below is a map detailing where the incidents took place:
The data further highlights the top 5 common hotspots for crimes involving assault, which include:
- City Centre Drive
- Dundas Street
- Glenn Hawthorne Boulevard
- Queenston Drive
- Abigail Grace Crescent
One piece of information not mentioned in the police data, are the specific types of assault involved in each case or what injuries (if any) were sustained by the victim.
However, of the 307 assault crimes this past month, investigators have successfully solved 257 cases while 26 are ongoing and 24 remain unsolved.
A notable assault case from this month involved a parking cop who was reported assaulted by a driver from Mississauga, who refused the issuance of a parking ticket.
Amid the gradual decline in assaults, Peel Police offer valuable safety tips for residents, emphasizing measures to protect themselves.
Toronto Police said in a previous news release that the officer was verbally abused, threatened with bodily harm and then had their foot stomped on near Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue in Toronto by an angry driver who didn’t want his vehicle ticketed.
- Avoid opening the door to people you don’t know. Learn to respond safely by speaking through a closed and locked door.
- Plan your route and avoid short cuts through vacant lots or unlit areas.
- Familiarize yourself with the nearest police stations and 24/7 stores.
- Avoid being alone by getting a friend to accompany you.
- Lock your car after getting in. Avoid lingering around in the parking lot. Drive away as soon as you can.
- If someone tries to take your purse/bag, do not resist. Instead, head to a safe location and immediately call the police. Defend yourself only in the event that you are being physically assaulted.
- If you think you are being followed, do not drive/walk home as you don’t want the person to know where you live. Instead, consider driving or walking to the nearest police station or open service station.