606 vehicles stolen in the last 31 days in Mississauga and Brampton

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Published August 27, 2023 at 12:43 pm

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Auto thefts are becoming a nuisance as Peel Regional Police have responded to over 600 stolen vehicle incidents in Mississauga and Brampton in the last 31 days.

From July 25  to August 26, Peel police data indicates a combined 606 vehicle thefts were reported across both cities — 311 in Mississauga and 295 in Brampton.

This works out to approximately 19 thefts or more per day in the region.

As of today (Aug. 27)  only 13 stolen vehicle cases have been successfully solved, while 572  are still being investigated and 21  are deemed unsolved.

Of these stolen vehicles 521 were automobiles (cars), 70 trucks, 9 motorcycles and 6 were simply listed as “others.”

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

According to Peel Regional Police data the top 5 common hotspots for this kind of theft is:

  • Airport Rd
  • City Centre Dr
  • Viscount Rd
  • Great Lakes Dr
  • Terminal Three Rd

Compared to the same time last year ( Jul. 25 – Aug. 26, 2022) the vehicle theft count was sitting at a substantially low number 0f 81 incidents for Mississauga and Brampton—which means that the astonishing rise in carjacking’s could pose a fear among residents.

A notable stolen vehicles case from this month involved two Mississauga men who were among 23 people charged with a total of 279 offences after police across southern Ontario recovered 138 stolen vehicles worth more than $9 million that were destined for the Middle East, Africa and South America.

According to police, stolen car rings— specific to Mississauga and Brampton are on the rise due to the region’s easy access to several major highways that allows the vehicles to quickly be moved to their intended destination.

Although, crimes of this nature will never be eliminated, there are preventative measures residents can take to ensure their property is not targeted.

The PRP have provided these helpful tips:

  • if possible, park your vehicle in a locked garage, as the majority of the 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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