Online Police Investigations

City of Miami Police Department Signs on to Use Online Investigations Tool to Solve Property Crimes

LeadsOnline, the nation’s largest online investigative tool, helps police instantly track and recover stolen property no matter where it is stolen or sold.

Miami, FL – August 29 – In an effort to further combat crime, the City of Miami Police Department is now using LeadsOnline – an investigative system that enables detectives to search for suspects and stolen property across secondhand stores, scrap metal recyclers, precious metal buyers, pawn shops, and internet (eBay) drop-off stores both locally and nationwide.

“This is the largest online investigations system of its kind nationwide. Our police investigators are using it to solve crimes by instantly searching for missing items in the transaction records of businesses across the Miami area and the country. We appreciate the support of our local businesses as they work with us to serve our community,” said City of Miami Manager Daniel J. Alfonso.

The system equips criminal investigators with the ability to instantly solve crimes and return stolen goods to their rightful owners. Property can be searched using serial numbers, suspect name, item descriptions, or other information. Searches are completed within seconds. Often, these property crimes are associated with larger crimes such as homicides, arson, and fraud.

“Prior to implementing LeadsOnline, I was working a burglary case in which there were zero leads to follow. During our Department’s trial with LeadsOnline, I searched the suspect’s name, and a stolen drill was found to be pawned by him in April,” said Detective Pierre Alce, of the Miami Police Department. “The suspect was apprehended and in court the following day. If it would not have been for LeadsOnline, we would not have been able to solve this case.”

More than 3,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide, including 40 in Florida, use LeadsOnline to solve crimes that may otherwise remain a mystery. Prior to LeadsOnline, investigators had to undergo the cumbersome routine of traveling to each business to collect paper copies of every transaction, limiting their investigative information to just their city or county. Now, with LeadsOnline, law enforcement is able to instantly search more than 2/3 billion transactions reported by pawn, secondhand, gold buyer, and scrap businesses from all 50 states.

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LeadsOnline ( is the nation’s largest online investigative system used by more than 4,400 law enforcement agencies to recover stolen property and solve crimes. Each day, millions of items are added to the LeadsOnline database by businesses including secondhand stores, scrap metal recyclers, pawn shops, and Internet drop-off stores across all 50 states. Those records are instantly available to law enforcement agencies, meaning crimes can be solved in seconds, not months. The LeadsOnline system, compatible with the NCIC, serves as an indispensible, efficient, and money-saving resource for detectives because it provides a cross-jurisdictional, instantaneous, and accurate database that stops criminals from escaping detection by selling stolen items in another city. An official eBay partner, LeadsOnline helps prevent illegal transactions on the eBay website by giving law enforcement access to the world’s largest online marketplace through automatic upload of all eBay transactions into the LeadsOnline database.

LeadsOnline also includes LeadsOnlabs, a system for tracking those involved in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamines; a Metal Theft Investigation System designed to track copper and other metal thefts; and cross-checks names of pawn customers against the OFAC SDN list of known terrorists and narcotics traffickers. Each year, LeadsOnline is credited with recovering millions of dollars in stolen goods and solving thousands of crimes that are often associated with bigger crimes, such as homicide, identity theft, and arson. Based in Dallas and led by President and CEO Dave Finley, LeadsOnline works with thousands of agencies throughout the country, including the Chicago Police Department, the New York City Police Department, and the San Francisco Police Department.

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