The Saint John Police Force Stolen Auto Unit is responsible for all vehicle theft investigations within our jurisdiction. Uniform Patrol Officers take the initial theft report & the file is forwarded to the Stolen Auto Unit for follow-up investigation.
Officers assigned to the Stolen Auto Unit receive specialized training relevant to Auto Theft Investigations through courses at the Canadian Police College as well as workshops & seminars held regionally at various times.
Auto Theft investigations take many forms from simple vehicle thefts to complex investigations involving switching VIN (numbers) & salvage vehicle frauds & scams.
The Saint John Police Force generally recovers close to 90% of stolen cars, trucks & trailers. Off-road vehicle recovery rates are somewhat lower (ATV’s, snowmobiles & boats). Most vehicles are recovered within 3 -4 days of the theft.
Associations & Partnerships
Auto Theft Investigators are members of IAATI – the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators as well as NB PATNET. They work closely with the IBC – Insurance Bureau of Canada as well as the NB Department of Public Safety, Off Road Vehicle Enforcement and the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit. Liaisons with these agencies as well as many others ensure that Saint John Auto Theft Investigators are well connected locally, nationally as well as internationally.
Until 2010, the SJPF was the only Police agency in New Brunswick with a dedicated Auto Theft Unit. Late in 2010, the SJPF partnered with the Insurance Bureau of Canada Investigative Services in the creation & training of the New Brunswick Provincial Auto Theft Network (NB PATNET). This initiative established an Auto Theft Coordinator position in all municipal Police agencies & RCMP detachments. Training was provided at a 2 day workshop held in Moncton in May 2011 & additional members have been identified & trained since then.
Within days of its establishment, the NB PATNET played an active role in a cargo theft investigation which spanned three provinces & ultimately resulted in arrests, recovery of stolen vehicles & cargo. The value of liaisons such as this cannot be underestimated & are of great assistance in solving crimes which do not recognize Police jurisdictional boundaries.