497 cars stolen over 31 days in Mississauga and Brampton, Ontario

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Published June 29, 2024 at 3:32 pm

Another month brings another round of vehicle thefts well into the hundreds in Mississauga and Brampton.

Peel police data indicates that from May 29 to June 29, a combined 497 vehicle thefts were reported across both cities—258 in Mississauga and 239 in Brampton.

This works out to approximately 16 thefts or more per day in the region.

As of today (June 29), only nine stolen vehicle cases have been successfully solved, 470 are still being investigated, and 18 are deemed unsolved.

Of these stolen vehicles, 351 were automobiles (cars), 136 trucks, eight motorcycles, and two were simply listed as “other.”

The following map shows where this past month’s auto thefts took place:

Peel Regional Police data highlights the seven common places this month where seven or more car thefts occurred.

  • Airport Road —7 occurrences
  • Courtneypark Drive —7 occurrences
  • Derry Road—7 occurrences
  • Dixie Road — 11 occurrences
  • Great Lakes Drive—22 occurrences
  • Kennedy Road —7 occurrences
  • Viscount Road—12 occurrences

Around the same time last year (May 7 to June 8), 684 vehicles were stolen, continuing the upward trend throughout the year to a total of 7,637 stolen vehicles by the end of 2023. 

However, there was a gradual drop in March 2024, with 506 incidents.

In April, 497 cases were reported, representing a 1.78% decline from March and marking the lowest count since 2023. However, May saw an uptick in stolen vehicles of approximately 9.3%.

As of this month, the numbers seem to drop back down and remain consistent with April’s 497 incidents.

The slight decline may relieve residents in the region, but despite Peel Regional Police’s efforts, this type of crime remains problematic, with numbers still in the hundreds each month.

Additionally, insights into the patterns of car thefts reveal that certain areas are more vulnerable than others, prompting local residents to take extra precautions.

A notable story from this past month involved eight people who were charged with over 100 offences following multiple home invasions and carjackings across Peel and the Greater Toronto Area, with 23 stolen vehicles valued at over $5 million.

Peel police have shared helpful tips to prevent residents from falling victim to auto thefts:

  • if possible, park your vehicle in a locked garage, as most vehicles have been stolen from driveways.
  • use a steering wheel lock. It will also act as a visible deterrent.
  • install a lock on the data port. This simple device can be purchased online and blocks access to the computer port where the thieves gain access to reprogram the vehicle’s keys.
  • consider purchasing a quality video surveillance system. Ensure cameras are properly placed and functioning for day and night use. Familiarize yourself with the system so it can be reviewed and accessed immediately.
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