346 assaults reported to police last month in Mississauga and Brampton


Published May 5, 2024 at 10:06 am

346 assaults reported to police last month in Mississauga and Brampton

Since 2023, assault-related crimes have increased in Mississauga and Brampton, posing a significant challenge for the region. Over the past 31 days, police have received reports of more than 300 cases.

Between April 5 and May 5, Peel Regional Police recorded 346 assault cases—reflecting an average of 11 or more daily incidents during this period.

Of the 346 combined assaults across both cities— 167 were in Mississauga and 179 in Brampton.

Around the same time last year, Mississauga and Brampton had a much greater assault count, with 471 cases between March 1 to April 1.

However, comparing both years, there seems to have been a substantial 26.5% decline in assaults.

Below is a map detailing where the incidents took place:

The data further highlights the seven common hotspots— this month—for crimes involving assault. These include:

  • Bloor Street— 6 occurrences
  • Burnhamthorpe Road—4 occurrences
  • Dundas Street— 4 occurrences
  • Hurontario Street—4 occurrences
  • Kennedy Road—4 occurrences
  • Main Street —5 occurrences
  • Queen Street—7 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 346 assault crimes this past month, investigators have successfully solved 280 cases while 39 are ongoing and 27 remain unsolved.

A recent assault-related incident unfolded in Mississauga a few weeks ago, involving a liquor store security guard who was reportedly attacked by two women. The altercation ensued after the women allegedly attempted to steal bottles of alcohol, concealing them in their purses, as they tried to exit the establishment.

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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