Theft

Property crimes, such as burglary and theft, are some of the most common crimes that occur in Monterey County. It is important for citizens to join with law enforcement in the prevention of these crimes by being watchful in their neighborhoods, reporting suspicious activities, noting the license plates of suspicious vehicles, locking their residences and vehicles, and engraving their personal property. We encourage you to use Forms listed on the right side of this page for a fast and convenient method of reporting incidents to our office.

Stolen Vehicles

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office refers reports of stolen vehicles to our partners at the California Highway Patrol. In our area, the CHP Monterey Station is located at 960 E. Blanco Rd., Salinas, 93901 and can be reached by calling 831-796-2100.

Lost/Stolen Cell Phones

If your cell phone is lost or stolen, immediately contact your service provider and cancel your service. This may prevent you from having to pay for unauthorized calls and charges. Review billing statements and save for deputies if further investigation is needed.

Lost/Stolen License Plate

If your license plate is lost or stolen, you must replace it immediately. You can do this by requesting duplicate or substitute license plates through the Department of Motor Vehicles. After submitting an Incident Form for a Lost/Stolen Plate to the Monterey County Sheriff, visit the DMV web site for more information on getting a new plate.

Lost/Stolen Property

Collect all serial numbers and model number for stolen items before you begin a report form. Serial numbers are the most important. They get entered into the nationwide stolen property computer database to identify your items as stolen property. Think about places you may have the number available, such as receipts, on the original packaging, insurance forms.

Operation Identification - Engraving and Inventories

For your reference, Operation Identification is in place at the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office and can help in preventing future incidents. Operation Identification is a citizen’s burglary prevention, theft prevention / property identification program for use in homes and businesses.

Identification involves the marking of property with an identifying number as a means of discouraging burglary and theft. This number also helps law enforcement agencies identify your property should it be lost or stolen and return it to you.

  • WHAT SHOULD I ENGRAVE?
    All items that might be attractive to a thief, such as radios, televisions, camera equipment, stereos, small appliances, tools, and sports equipment, should be marked. Small or very valuable items such as jewelry or antiques can either be engraved by a jeweler or photographed for identification purposes.
  • WHAT NUMBER SHOULD I USE?
    Telephone numbers and addresses can obviously change. Mark your valuables by inscribing your driver’s license number and state identifier (i.e. CA for California). If you do not drive, mark valuables by engraving your identification card number, which can be obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • WHERE DO I GET AN ENGRAVER?
    To mark your property, you can purchase an engraving tool at a hardware department and variety shores. They are relatively inexpensive. Call your local sheriff’s department to see if it has an electric engraver tool to borrow. Be sure to return the engraver within the loan agreement time so others can use it. Before marking your property, practice using the engraving tool. It can be adjusted for surface differences.
  • WHERE SHOULD I MAKE THE ENGRAVING?
    One of Operation ID’s objectives is to warn burglars away. Do not try to hide the fact that an item has been engraved. Mark items as conspicuously as possible without defacing them. Make sure it is permanently affixed to the item and not on removable parts. For further protection, engrave some items a second time in a more obscure spot.
  • WHAT DO I INVENTORY?
    Make a list of the engraved items including the make, model, size, color, and serial number, as applicable. Record the exact spot where you have engraved the item. Keep this record at home for reference and additions. Keep a copy in a secure place such as a safe deposit box.
  • Incident Report Forms:
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    The following forms are for you to save, print and fill out, then submit in person or by mail (instructions and/or mailing addresses are included with or on each form).

    Forms-
    -License Plate Theft
    -Theft/Burglary
    -Fraud/Identity Theft
    -Littering
    -Vandalism

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    Download the Form to Report Theft/Burlary