More than 1400 assault cases in the first quarter of 2023 in Mississauga and Brampton

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Published April 15, 2023 at 4:00 pm

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The quarterly results are in and Mississauga and Brampton has had over 1400 assault cases since January (2023).

According to Peel Regional Police data, from Jan. 1 – Jan. 31 there was a whopping 420 incidents related to assaults in just the first month of the year.

Compared month to month that number slightly decreased to 407 cases between Jan. 31 to Feb. 28, bringing the total amount to 827 incidents.

Although there are 13 less incidents compared to the previous month which may not be a significant amount, but it was enough for Mississauga and Brampton residents to hope for one less problem to worry about in their neighbourhoods.

However, from Mar. 1 to Apr. 1, the reported assaults soared to 471 cases —making it the highest number of incidents that occurred in a month for the first quarter.

The following map shows where these incidents took place in the last three months:

From Jan. 1 to Apr. 15, Peel police data indicates that there were a combined 1409 assaults reported across both cities — 668 in Mississauga and 741 in Brampton.

1044 of these assault cases—which is approximately 75% are considered successfully solved, while only 219 are left unsolved and 146 are still being investigated.

Compared to the same time last year ( Mar. – Apr. of 2022) the assault count was at an all time low consisting of 29 incidents collectively for Mississauga and Brampton.

Not to deter anyone from visiting or living in these areas, but according to Peel police data the top 5 common hotspots for crimes involving assault are:

  • Hurontario St
  • Queen St
  • Goreway Dr
  • Dundas St
  • Bloor St
  • Kennedy Rd

The time also seems to play a key factor as to when these crimes take place:

  • 455 cases happened between the hours of 10 p.m. – 8 a.m.
  • 954 cases happened between the hours of 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

One of the most notable assault stories from the past month involves a man who reportedly met a woman online and identified himself to her as a police officer.

“The victim attended the suspect’s home where he assaulted and sexually assaulted her,” said police.

Through the investigation it was determined that he was in fact not a police officer and the 36-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with assault, sexual assault, and two counts of impersonating a peace officer.

As of right now, Peel police have not mentioned what the cause is behind the heightened assault crimes within these neighborhoods.

Residents who have become the victim of any type of assault are advised to access Peel police’s Victim Services and Resources for help.

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