Only 497 cars stolen in Mississauga and Brampton, Ontario


Published April 27, 2024 at 3:42 pm

Close to 500 vehicles stolen in last 31 days in Mississauga and Brampton

Auto theft crimes have been an ongoing issue in Mississauga and Brampton, with almost 500 incidents reported in the last 31 days.

Peel police data indicates that from March 27 to April 27, a combined 497 vehicle thefts were reported across both cities—253 in Mississauga and 244 in Brampton.

This works out to approximately 16 thefts or more per day in the region.

As of today (April 27), only seven stolen vehicle cases have been successfully solved, 454 are still being investigated and 36 are deemed unsolved.

Of these stolen vehicles, 312 were automobiles (cars), 136 trucks, five motorcycles, and one simply listed as “other.”

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

Peel Regional Police data highlights this month’s four common hotspots for these auto thefts:

  • Airport Road —12 occurrences
  • City Centre Drive—14 occurrences
  • Dixie Road — 21 occurrences
  • Great Lakes Drive—40 occurrences

Compared to last year, the number of stolen vehicles month by month fluctuated between 800 and 500, totalling a whopping 7,637 incidents by the end of 2023. 

This trend continued into 2024 with January recording the highest number, 837 incidents.

Subsequently, there was a gradual decline in February with figures in the 600s, which went further down to 506 in March.

April’s 497 reported cases marked a 1.78% decrease from March, making it the lowest count recorded since 2023.

Despite Peel Regional Police’s efforts, auto thefts remain problematic with numbers well into the 100’s each month.

Additionally, insights into the patterns of car thefts reveal that certain areas are more vulnerable than others, prompting local residents to take extra precautions.

A notable auto theft story from this past month involved a Mississauga man, an Oakville man and a youth from Oshawa who were faced with 54 charges in connection to two armed and violent carjackings in Toronto — one of which targeted a $400,000 Lamborghini.

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 most 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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