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Violent crime up 13.9% in Brampton and Mississauga

As expected, new statistics from the police department shows that violent crime was up 13.9 per cent for 2018 in Brampton and Mississauga, compared to the previous year.

Thefts of vehicles from residential properties and thefts from motor vehicles, were up 6.7 per cent. Although, the statistics reveal there were 8.8 per cent fewer break-ins across the two cities.

The statistics were part of the annual report. They were presented to the Peel Police Services Board in April. The full statistical report will go to the Region of Peel in June.

Violent crimes reported to police reached 9,334 in 2018, compared to 8,112 in 2017, when crimes of violence were up 5.8 per cent compare to the previous year.

Among the violent crimes that saw the largest increase last year was homicides at 26, compared to 16 the year before (58 per cent increase), and attempted murder at 39, compared to 21 in 2017 (an 81 per cent increase).

There were 29 per cent more robberies involving firearms, and 18.6 per cent more robberies involving other weapons. There were 1,051 robberies reported last year, compared to 903 the year before.

Meanwhile fatal collisions were also up 36 per cent last year in the two cities and 28,912 traffic collisions.

Overall 2019 statistics on crime could be higher than the previous year. -CINEWS

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