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Auto Theft/Economic Crimes Unit

About

The Auto Theft/Economic Crimes Unit is comprised of a sergeant and six investigators. The investigators assigned to Auto Theft investigate cases involving motor vehicle theft. These investigators work jointly with local, State and Federal Law Enforcement partners in combating vehicle theft. The detectives are trained in identifying stolen vehicles, fraudulent vehicle titles and illegal registration forms. They utilize such theft protection devices as Lojack to recover stolen vehicles. The investigators assigned to Economic Crimes investigates economic fraud cases and identity theft. These investigators participate with local, State and Federal Law Enforcement task forces to curb economic fraud cases and bring about arrests culminating in successful prosecutions.

Objective

The Unit’s objective is to reduce the number of auto thefts and occurrences of economic fraud related crimes.

Unit Command Staff

Sergeant Lisa Bradshaw

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What should I do if I discover I am the victim of Identity theft?
Report the incident to law enforcement, the three major credit bureaus, place a fraud alert on your account and notify the fraud department at your financial institution.

2. What should I do if I discover fraudulent transactions on my credit card or bank account?
Notify the fraud department at your financial institution and find out where the transactions were made. Report the incident to the law enforcement agency in that jurisdiction.

3. How can I prevent my car from being stolen?
Do not leave your keys in the vehicle (even in a locked garage) or in another vehicle in the same driveway. Do not leave your car running while you go inside, even for just a “minute”. Consider getting a vehicle alarm or installing a mechanical device that locks the steering wheel.

4. Why is my tow bill so high after my vehicle was recovered?

When a stolen car is recovered, an attempt to contact you will be made by a MGPD employee. Your vehicle will most likely go to a tow yard. If contact with you was unsuccessful, the next step would be for the tow yard to send you a notice in the mail. They are only required to send the notice to the address on your registration. If you do not have that information updated, you may not get the notice and your tow bill will increase daily.

5. How can I get a copy of my police report?
You can get a copy of your police report by responding to our Records Unit, located in the police headquarters building located adjacent to City Hall at 18611 N.W. 27 Avenue. They are open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Contact

Sergeant Lisa Bradshaw
Phone: 305-474-1548
Email: [email protected]
Address: 18611 NW 27 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056