342 assaults reported to police last month in Mississauga and Brampton

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Published June 22, 2024 at 11:57 am

342 assaults reported to police last month in Mississauga and Brampton

Since 2023, assault-related crimes have surged in Mississauga and Brampton, presenting a major challenge for the region. In the past 31 days alone, police have received reports of over 300 cases.

Between May 22  and June 22, Peel Regional Police recorded 342 assault cases—reflecting an average of 11 or more daily incidents.

Of the 342 combined assaults across both cities— 167 were in Mississauga and 153 in Brampton.

Around the same time last year, Mississauga and Brampton had a much greater assault count, with 563 cases between May 9 to June 9.

However, comparing both years, there seems to have been a 37% decline in assaults.

Below is a map detailing where the incidents took place:

The data further identifies seven common hotspots, each with four or more assault-related incidents reported this month. These include:

  • Bramalea Road— 5 occurrences
  • Church Street—5 occurrences
  • City Centre Drive—4 occurrences
  • Dixie Road—5 occurrences
  • Dundas Street— 7 occurrences
  • Kennedy Road—6 occurrences
  • Maple Avenue—4 occurrences

One piece of information not mentioned in the police data is the specific types of assault involved in each case or what injuries (if any) were sustained by the victim.

Of the 342 assault crimes this past month, investigators have successfully solved 267 cases, while 41 are ongoing and 35 remain unsolved.

A recent assault-related incident in Mississauga involved an 18-year-old man who, according to police, approached a “female victim” on a walking trail and sexually assaulted her before fleeing the scene.

Peel Police continue to offer valuable safety tips for residents:

  • 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 shortcuts 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. Do not linger 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.
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