506 cars stolen over 30 days in Mississauga and Brampton, Ontario

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Published March 10, 2024 at 2:46 pm

Car thefts down 26% in Mississauga and Brampton

Vehicle thefts remain an ongoing concern in Mississauga and Brampton, with over 506 incidents reported in the last 30 days.

Peel police data indicates that from Feb. 9 to March 10, a combined 506 vehicle thefts were reported across both cities—269 in Mississauga and 237 in Brampton.

This works out to approximately 17 thefts or more per day in the region.

As of today (March 10), only ten stolen vehicle cases have been successfully solved, 478 are still being investigated and 18 are deemed unsolved.

Of these stolen vehicles 362 were automobiles (cars), 138 trucks, four motorcycles and two were simply listed as “others.”

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

Peel Regional Police data highlights this month’s four common hotspots for these carjackings:

  • City Centre Drive
  • Great Lakes Drive
  • Terminal Three Road
  • Viscount Road

Compared to the same time last year (Feb. 9 – March 10, 2023), the number of vehicle thefts in Mississauga and Brampton stood at a significantly low 52 incidents. However, those numbers increased month by month, totalling a whopping 7,637 car thefts over 12 months in 2023. 

Peel police data reveals that in January, the region experienced 655 vehicle thefts with an additional 683 reported in February, reflecting a slight increase of approximately 4.27%.

However, the good news is that in the last 30 days, car thefts have dropped by nearly 26%.

Despite the slight decrease in these crimes, the continued monthly reports of carjackings well into the hundreds, could cause fear and safety concerns among residents.

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 auto theft story from this past month involved a woman who was assaulted and had her car stolen while leaving her vehicle to pick up her mail near City Centre in Mississauga.

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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