The Burglary Unit investigates business and residential burglaries, as well as grand theft cases involving a significant loss. The unit is staffed with six teams, each comprised of two to six detectives based on the size of the geographical zone and the number of incidents occurring in that area. Assigning cases based on geographical locations enables detectives to identify crime patterns. It also creates a closer relationship between citizens, detectives, and the uniformed patrol officers who work those areas.
In 2011, 9,669 burglaries to residences and businesses were reported in Jacksonville. The Burglary Unit was assigned to 3,296 of those cases for follow-up investigation. This resulted in 799, or 13.5%*, of the cases being cleared.
In 2011, the S.C.R.A.P. (Secondhand dealer, Crushers, Recyclers and Pawnshop) task force was created within the Burglary Unit to combat the rising crime trend in scrap metal thefts and burglaries. These detectives conduct covert investigations, assist officers with their cases and ensure local metal recycler businesses are conducting business in compliance with the law.
To learn more about: Crime Stoppers, Operation Identification, Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, Burglary Prevention Tips, When You're the Victim of a Burglary, or Pawnshops click on any of these topics.
For additional information about the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Burglary Unit contact us:
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Police Memorial Building
501 E. Bay Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
*Official crime data is released by the Uniform Crime Report (FDLE/FBI) on a semi-annual basis only. For the purposes of public education, crime incident numbers used in this document may reflect reported incidents and may differ from those appearing in the annual UCR Report.