An average 20 cars stolen a day in the last 31 days in Mississauga and Brampton

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Published April 22, 2023 at 6:25 pm

Car theft Mississauga and Brampton
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Although it might be a different day, the same issues surrounding vehicle thefts continue to linger in the Mississauga and Brampton neighbourhoods with over 600 incidents this past month.

The area has seen an average of 20 or more motor thefts per day in the last 31 days.

From Mar. 21 to Apr. 22, Peel police data indicates that there were a combined 624 vehicle thefts reported across both cities — 342 in Mississauga and 282 in Brampton.

As of today (Apr. 22) a measly 6 of these incidents are considered solved, while 581 are still being investigated and 37 are deemed unsolved.

Of these stolen vehicles 465 were automobiles (cars), while 153 were trucks, 3 were motorcycles and 3 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 3 common hotspots for this kind of theft is:

  • Terminal 3 Rd
  • Dixie Rd
  • Kennedy Rd

Compared to the same time last year ( Mar 21 – Apr. 22, 2022) the vehicle theft count was sitting at a low number 0f 26 incidents for Mississauga and Brampton.

A notable theft case from this month involved an ongoing investigation by the PRP which lead to seven Japanese stolen vehicles being recovered in Mississauga. Police charged two men with trafficking stolen property and possession of property obtained by crime.

The PRP are advising drivers to protect their vehicles from potential future thefts and have provided some 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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