The Leon County Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Property Unit consists of eight detectives and one sergeant.
The unit investigates a wide variety of crimes including:
- dealing stolen property,
- auto theft,
- animal cruelty,
- and all other property related crimes.
In 2011, the Crimes Against Property Unit was assigned 4,120 cases to follow up on. 242 of these cases were cleared by arrest, 2,871 cases are still pending, 925 cases have been exceptionally cleared and 42 cases were unfounded. The detectives handle follow up investigation on all property crimes that occur within Leon County and work hand in hand with Leon County Animal Control on all Animal Cruelty cases.
One of the prime crime fighting tools used by the Crimes Against Property Unit is the Pawn Shop Database. This is a computer system where all pawn shot transactions are entered and that tracks property pawned in local pawn shops. This system is maintained by Leon County, but is in use in many of the counties in North Florida. The list of Florida counties in the system is ever increasing, and soon will include counties in Georgia as well.
By their nature, property crimes are very difficult to solve. There is often little evidence and few, if any, witnesses to assist in solving the case. Most citizens do not think to write down serial numbers on their property. When property is stolen those serial numbers can be entered into the FCIC/NCIC database by law enforcement and make it much easier to identify property should it be recovered.
The best weapon against a property crime is a watchful eye. Be aware of what is talking place in your neighborhood. Don't rationalize suspicious behavior. If you see activity taking place that seems a little strange, call the Leon County Sheriff's Office immediately.