56 robberies, 17 with guns in the past 31 days in Mississauga and Brampton


Published October 28, 2023 at 5:10 pm

56 robberies in October in Mississauga and Brampton
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Mississauga and Brampton have seen an average of two robberies per day in the last 31 days.

From Sept. 27 to Oct. 28 (2023), Peel Regional Police data indicates that there were a combined 56 robberies reported across both cities — 30 in Mississauga and 26 in Brampton.

Seventeen of those robberies were carried out with guns, 13 with other weapons, and 26 were listed simply as “other” by police.

As of today (Oct. 28), 20 of these incidents are considered solved, while the other 36 are still being investigated.

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

The following map shows where the robberies took place:

According to Peel police data the top 5 common hotspots for this type of crime is:

  • City Centre Drive
  • Dixie Road
  • Dundas Street
  • Goreway Drive
  • Kennedy Road

Comparing these incidents to the same time last year (2022) there were only 9 cases reported for the month, with 55 per cent of those robberies taking place in Mississauga. Additionally, majority of the unsolved cases were concentrated in Brampton.

As the region continues to see armed robberies on a regular basis, businesses seem to be a frequent choice amongst offenders as last week in Brampton four culprits armed with a weapon and wearing disguises grabbed a significant quantity of electronics from a store and then fled to a waiting vehicle outside.

Police say, the crimes of most concern for businesses are break-ins, thefts, frauds and cyber frauds.

Businesses should follow these robbery prevention tips:

  • Ensure you have a properly working surveillance system.
  • Ensure you have proper lighting inside and outside your premise, 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 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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