An alarming 1,600 vehicles stolen in Mississauga and Brampton in 2022

Published April 30, 2022 at 12:16 pm

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The monthly totals have been added up, and they paint a grim picture of how commonplace vehicle theft has become in Mississauga and Brampton.

According to Peel police’s crime data, over 1,600 vehicles have been stolen so far in 2022, including 413 vehicles recently stolen between March 30th and April 28th.

The following map shows where the 413 recent vehicle thefts took place:

Of that 1,600+ total, it’s reported that at least 705 of the vehicle thefts took place in Mississauga, while at least 655 took place in Brampton (numbers approximate).

While most of these incidents were listed as automobile thefts, other types of vehicles — including motorcycles and trucks — have also been targeted.

In early April, police busted a car theft ring that operated in Toronto, Peel and Halton Regions over a period of several months.

Three men from Brampton and one from Mississauga are now facing charges following the multi-jurisdictional police investigation, which led to the recovery of 20 stolen vehicles worth $1.5 million.

In response to high rates of vehicle thefts, the Peel Police Services Board introduced a motion on Friday (Apr. 29) to “explore options to reduce auto thefts in Peel.”

Introduced by Board Chair Ron Chatha and unanimously supported by the Board, the Police Services Board and Peel Regional Police are expected to bring federal, provincial and private sector partners to the table to address auto thefts at every step of the process.

“The issue of auto thefts is top of mind for many members of the community,” said Board Chair Ron Chatha. “As a Board, we want the community to know how seriously we take this issue and that we want to do everything in the Board’s power to address car thefts.”

For now, residents are advised to keep their vehicles safe with the following tips: Keep car doors locked and windows rolled up, ensure adequate lighting in the area of driveways and entranceways, and park vehicles in a locked garage if possible.

Other tips include:

  • Install GPS trackers in vehicles if possible
  • Install steering wheel lock systems
  • Store vehicle keys/fobs away from the exterior walls of your home
  • Consider storing keys/fobs in Faraday boxes
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