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Detective Bureau

The Detective Bureau focuses on a comprehensive approach to prevent and solve crimes, emphasizing auto theft prevention, burglary prevention, combating credit card abuse and forgery, and tackling identity theft. Reporting vehicle theft promptly with essential details like the vehicle's license number or VIN can lead to quick identification and recovery, potentially preventing further crimes. To combat the high rate of home burglaries, they advocate for simple, effective measures to make homes less attractive to burglars. They also address the intricate aspects of credit card abuse and forgery, along with the serious implications of identity theft, where personal information is stolen to commit fraud, affecting victims' credit and financial status. For updates on ongoing investigations, they encourage direct contact with the bureau, ensuring a transparent and responsive approach to handling cases.

Auto Theft Prevention

Vehicle theft should be reported as soon as possible. However, before the vehicle can be listed as stolen, you must have your vehicle's license number and/or the vehicle identification number (sometimes called VIN). By making a report the needed information about your vehicle can be directly entered into the State computer system. This enables officers to immediately identify your vehicle as being stolen. Stolen vehicles are sometimes used in the commission of other crimes. Quick action often results in recovery of your vehicle as well as prevention of another crime.

Burglary Prevention

Each year in the U.S. there are more than five million home burglaries. Nine out of ten of these crimes are preventable. The risk of being burglarized can be greatly reduced by taking simple steps to make your home more difficult to enter and less enticing to would-be burglars.

Credit Card Abuse & Forgery

Some of the things to look for range from basic information to more detailed inspection of the checks/credit cards/type of I.D. used, etc.

Identity Theft

Identity (ID) theft is a crime where a thief steals your personal information, such as your full name or social security number, to commit fraud. The identity thief can use your information to fraudulently apply for credit, file taxes, or get medical services. These acts can damage your credit status, and cost you time and money to restore your good name.

Detective Bureau

To check the status of your case, contact the Detective Bureau.

400 1st Street
Hillsboro, MO 63050

Phone: (636) 797-5515
Fax: (636) 797-5590
Emergency Phone: 911

Matt Moore - Lieutenant
Phone: (636) 797-5526

Michael Merchant - Sergeant
Phone: (636) 797-5458

Kory Noeth - Corporal
Phone: (636) 797-5494

Ryan Weston - Corporal
Phone: (636) 797-5562