Warmington: Dozens of vehicles are being stolen daily in Peel region.

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Take a good look at your beloved wheels because they may not stay there for long!

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“Had my one year old Dodge Ram stolen from my driveway two nights ago after talking to my neighbors,” said one resident on the Erin Mills neighborhood social media site. “I understand there have been five such incidents in my square block (Truscott and Bramsey Drives).”

This is not an exaggeration.

If they want to make a sequel to the 2000 car heist movie. Gone in 60 seconds.Peel Region would be a good place to look for some quick and easy thefts.

In the past month, police say about 400 autos have been stolen.

And 2022 is going to be a record year. If things stay on track, Peel could end up with 700 more car thefts than the 3,751 in 2021. July figures for stolen cars in Mississauga and Brampton have not yet been tabulated, but the numbers are expected to be staggering.

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“407 vehicles were stolen in June this year, 2,743 by the end of June – an average of 457 per month,” said Peel Const. Sarah Patton.

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There were 864 car thefts in Peel in May and June and although car thefts don’t always make the news, around a dozen are stolen every day in the region. There is a very good chance that you could be attacked on the road.

Obviously there is a lot of profit to be made from stealing cars and shipping them overseas. In June, the OPP intercepted a container containing three luxury vehicles that were being shipped by rail to Montreal and then offshore to customers. But for every container that is intercepted, dozens slip through. Some ships carry 4,000 containers so it is difficult to track them.

Peel Regional Police has a dedicated squad working on it.

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“The Peel Regional Police Commercial Auto Crime Bureau is responsible for the theft, rewiring, and recovery of stolen vehicles and investigations involving criminal organizations responsible for heavy equipment, tractor, trailer, and load theft,” Patton said. “There are currently five detective constables and one detective in the bureau.”

That’s two car thefts a day and 14 per week, so these officers are overwhelmed. But the investigation is ongoing. Keep watching.

In some car theft cases, organized criminals are using technology to unlock and start your car and steal it at night. Others use more aggressive armed carjacking methods.

“What are we going to do?” asked one victim. “I took every precaution (including a Faraday box that blocks the key’s electronic signal),” but it “doesn’t matter (if) there’s a gang operating in our neighborhood.”

Now is the time for law enforcement to use technology to deal with criminals. Perhaps the government could borrow from the controversial ArriveCan app and use the technology to prevent our cars from being stolen and leaving the country!

In the meantime, keep an extra eye on your vehicle. Statistics show it could be next!

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