The Visalia Police Department's Property Crimes Unit is comprised of one sergeant, six detectives & one investigation technician. The types of crimes the Property Crimes Unit investigates are:
Burglary (Residential, Vehicle, and Commercial)
Financial Elder Abuse
Pawn Shops & Secondhand Dealers
Theft (Grand theft [over $950] & Petty theft [under $950])
Detectives in the Property Crimes Unit are responsible for taking over an initial investigation begun by an officer in the Patrol Bureau. Detectives are trained in interviewing techniques, surveillance, writing & serving search warrants, & the investigation of financial crimes.
Investigations of financial crimes is very time consuming. Detectives usually have to deal with several financial institutions during each investigation. With the addition of Penal Code section 530.8, financial & credit institutions are now required to provide account information to the victim within 10 days of a request so that an investigation can be conducted & the victim can start the long process of clearing up their credit record.
Detectives in the Property Crimes Unit strive to provide services to the community which ensure professional & thorough follow-up of reported criminal acts. They work their cases to ensure that those responsible for the crimes are identified & convicted in a criminal court.