388 cars stolen in the past 30 days in Mississauga and Brampton
Published August 20, 2022 at 3:20 pm
Residents in Mississauga and Brampton are reminded of the continual car theft issue in the Peel Region with almost 400 cars reported stolen in the last 30 days.
Peel Regional Police’s crime mapping data shows that 388 incidents of car theft have occurred in the time between July 20 and August 18.
That is an average of approximately 13 cars stolen every day in the region.
Out of those 388 incidents, 208 happened in Mississauga while the remaining 180 took place in Brampton.
Last time Insauga reported on auto theft, 374 cars had been stolen in a 30-day time period. The Peel Region has seen a small increase in stolen cars.
Some instances of car theft happen at night when the thief attempts to hack into and gain control of the vehicle’s electronic security system.
But some cars are being stolen during violent car-jackings happening in broad daylight where the victim is approached and threatened with a weapon.
An incident similar to this happened just yesterday (Aug 19) when a woman had her car stolen in the middle of the afternoon.
According to Peel Regional Police, the carjacking took place near Erin Mills Pkwy. and South Millway at about 3:30 p.m.
A female victim suffered minor injuries while multiple suspects fled the scene in her vehicle.
Peel police continue to deal with the issue of car theft in the region.
Last week, on Aug 13, police reported 24 arrests made in connection to a large organized crime group. Officers recovered 10 stolen vehicles as a result of the investigation.
Peel Regional Police remind residents of the following to help keep their vehicle secure:
- If possible, park vehicles in a locked garage
- Install GPS trackers in vehicles if possible
- Install steering wheel lock systems
- Store vehicle keys/fobs away from the exterior walls of your home
- Consider storing keys/fobs in Faraday boxes
- Make sure the doors are locked and the windows are rolled up
- Ensure there is adequate lighting in the area of driveways and entranceways