The Online Stolen Property Unit actively focuses on the investigation and recovery of stolen property being sold online, at local pawn shops and second hand dealers.
The unit is comprised of five members; including one Sergeant and one Corporal. The role of investigators is to determine the identity of suspects selling stolen property on social media platforms such as Kijiji, VarageSale and Facebook Marketplace. On occasion, victims of property crime will search and find their property being sold on one or several of these social media platforms. When this occurs, and victims report their findings to police, the investigation is turned over to the Online Property Unit. Investigators seek to identify the seller, recover the property and lay appropriate charges in each case if possible.
The Regina Police Service has an active partnership with local pawn shops and second hand dealers who report items they purchase or receive on consignment. These items are then entered on the Business Watch International (BWI) database which allows police to search for stolen property before it is sold. The unit also maintains an internal police data base of suspects known to have a history of trafficking stolen property. This database was developed by members in of the Online Property Unit to efficiently monitor suspects by way of online searches for activity and conducting curfew checks.
Members of the Online Property Unit also assist other RPS units in other ongoing street crimes as required including stolen auto, property crimes, drug and gang unit investigations.