The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Property Unit is composed of four Property Squads working out of four of the county’s six sectors. Investigators assigned to these geographical areas are tasked with investigating residential, commercial and vehicle burglaries, as well as thefts, criminal mischiefs, and dealing in stolen property cases that occur in the county. As you would expect, since these types of crimes are responsible for the victimization of citizens and visitors to the county, they are a very busy.
During 2012 property detectives received over 22,000 case reports involving property crimes. During the past year, the squads averaged a 128 percent clearance rate on assigned cases that had some type of an investigative lead (including carry over cases from the previous year) and cleared 16 percent of the total cases which were assigned for investigation.
Property detectives work meticulously with the agency’s Crime Analysts to identify crime trends and problem areas. Property detectives coordinate efforts with the agency’s School Resource Officers, Problem Oriented Police Squads, Tactical Anti-Crimes Squads, Truancy Squad and Juvenile Arrest and Monitor Unit to identify offenders and target areas with enforcement activities tailored to solve specific problems.
The Property Squads have also responded to the increased criminal activity involving the thefts of copper, brass, and other valuable “scrap” metals by working a number of undercover details in which detectives focused on businesses suspected of dealing in stolen metals.