51 robberies, 12 with guns in the past 31 days in Mississauga and Brampton


Published May 25, 2024 at 10:21 am

Armed robberies continue to be a significant concern in Mississauga and Brampton.

In the last 31 days, Mississauga and Brampton have seen an average of one or more robberies per day.

Peel Regional Police data indicates that from April 25 to May 25, a combined 51 robberies were reported across both cities—21 in Mississauga and 30 in Brampton.

Twelve of the robberies were carried out with guns, 18 with other weapons, and 21 were listed simply as “other” by police.

As of today (May. 25), 19 of these incidents are considered solved, while the other 31 are still being investigated, and one has been deemed unsolved.

Overall, robberies saw a notable uptick in February with 51 incidents reported, a 24% rise from January’s 41 cases. The trend continued into March, with robberies climbing to 56, marking a 9.8% jump from the previous month. However, these numbers gradually declined by 8.93% over the last 31 days, which could bring some relief to residents in the area.

The following map shows where the robberies took place:

According to Peel Regional Police data, the ten common hotspots for this type of crime from April to May were:

  • Airport Road — 2 occurrences
  • Bovaird Drive — 2 occurrences
  • Burhamthorpe Road — 3 occurrences
  • City Centre Drive — 2 occurrences
  • Clark Boulevard — 2 occurrences
  • Dundas Street — 2 occurrences
  • Eglinton Avenue — 2 occurrences
  • Erin Mills Parkway — 2 occurrences
  • Main Street — 3 occurrences
  • Mcmurchy Avenue — 2 occurrences

When compared to the same time last year (April 25, 2023 – May 25, 2023), only one robbery was reported for the month, according to Peel Regional Police data.

The robbery was carried out with an unidentified offensive weapon and happened on May 25, shortly after 12:30 p.m., near Horne Drive in the City of Brampton. The case remains unsolved.

Additionally, police data doesn’t indicate how many arrests were made or injuries reported in relation to these robberies.

A noteworthy robbery case from the past month involved three suspects who ambushed a man who was putting gas in his Dodge Journey SUV. One suspect pulled a knife and demanded the car keys, while another pepper-sprayed the victim, and a third kicked him.

While businesses remain the primary targets in these robberies, instances of violent armed robberies have also been reported inside homes or during vehicle thefts.

Peel Regional Police provide safety tips to residents and businesses on safeguarding against robberies:

  • Ensure you have a properly working surveillance system.
  • Ensure you have proper lighting inside and outside your premises, and remember to maintain them.
  • Provide all staff with robbery prevention training.
  • Reduce the amount of cash on hand by making frequent cash drops.
  • Have low shelving to improve the view of customers.
  • Place your shelves in a way that allows employees to see between the aisles from the sales counter.
  • Remove all excessive window signage or clutter from the sales area and other critical lines of sight.

If a robbery happens, victims are advised to contact police immediately.

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