683 cars stolen over 31 days in Mississauga and Brampton
Published February 10, 2024 at 1:47 pm
The persisting issue of stolen vehicles continue to plague the neighbourhoods of Mississauga and Brampton with over 600 incidents reported in the last 31 days.
From Jan. 10 to Feb. 10, Peel police data indicates a combined 683 vehicle thefts were reported across both cities — 317 in Mississauga and 366 in Brampton.
This works out to approximately 22 thefts or more per day in the region.
As of today (Feb. 10) only 18 stolen vehicle cases have been successfully solved, while 634 are still being investigated and 31 are deemed unsolved.
Of these stolen vehicles 473 were automobiles (cars), 154 trucks, three motorcycles and four were simply listed as “others.”
The following map shows where this past month’s auto thefts took place:
Peel Regional Police data highlights the top 7 common hotspots for these carjacking’s:
- Airport Road
- City Centre Drive
- Dixie Road
- Great Lakes Drive
- Kennedy Road
- Lakeshore Road
- Viscount Road
Compared to the same time last year (Jan. 10 – Feb. 10, 2023), the count of vehicle thefts stood at a significantly low 39 incidents for Mississauga and Brampton. However, month by month those numbers increased 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, bringing the year’s total (so far) to 1,338. This reflects a slight increase of approximately 4.27%.
This continual spike in carjacking’s could instill fear and safety concern among residents.
A notable auto theft story from this past month involved four vehicles valued at $200,000 which were stolen from Halton, Peel and Toronto and later recovered in Dubai.
Insights into the patterns of car thefts reveal that certain areas are more vulnerable than others, prompting local residents to take extra precautions.
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 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.