Police were called for 344 assaults last month in Mississauga and Brampton
It seems like assault crimes are on the rise in Mississauga and Brampton with over 300 incidents reported in the last 31 days.
According to Peel Regional Police data, from May. 2 – June. 3 (2023) there was a whopping 344 cases related to assaults— which is equivalent to 11 or more crimes of this type committed each day.
Of the 344 combined assault incidents across both cities— 168 were in Mississauga and 176 in Brampton.
Compared to the same time last year ( May – June of 2022) the assault count was at an all-time low consisting of 20 incidents collectively for Mississauga and Brampton.
Below is a map of where the incidents took place:
Not to deter anyone from visiting or living in these areas, but according to Peel police data the top 6 common hotspots for crimes involving assault are:
- Dundas St
- Queen St
- Airport Rd
- Peel Centre
- Main St
- Kennedy Rd
Police have not indicated in their data the specific types of assault involved in each case and have not mentioned in their reports if or what injuries were sustained by the victim.
However of the 344 assault crimes this past month, investigators have successfully solved 287 cases while 35 are ongoing and 22 remain unsolved.
A notable assault story from the past month, which most likely unlocked a new level of fear for anyone has used or regularly taken a transportation service.
This case involved an Uber driver from Brampton who pulled into a parking lot in the Rutherford Rd. and Weston Rd. area and sexually assaulted the passenger. Police also alleged that the suspect took the victim’s phone, ended the trip on the app and gave himself a 5-star rating and tip.
Although assault incidents are getting out of control in the Mississauga and Brampton neighbourhoods, Peel Police have some helpful safety tips for residents:
- Avoid opening the door to people you don’t know. Learn to respond safely by speaking through a closed and locked door.
- Plan your route and avoid short cuts through vacant lots or unlit areas.
- Familiarize yourself with the nearest police stations and 24/7 stores.
- Avoid being alone by getting a friend to accompany you.
- Lock your car after getting in. Avoid lingering around in the parking lot. Drive away as soon as you can.
- If someone tries to take your purse/bag, do not resist. Instead, head to a safe location and immediately call the police. Defend yourself only in the event that you are being physically assaulted.
- If you think you are being followed, dso not drive/walk home as you don’t want the person to know where you live. Instead, consider driving or walking to the nearest police station or open service station.