Track stolen items
If you are a victim of property crime and have had items stolen from you, do you have enough information on hand to identify the property?
Here are simple steps you can take to aid your chances of recovering the property.
Serial numbers. When buying items, in particular electronic goods, take note of the serial numbers and keep them somewhere safe. Should they be lost or stolen, you can then provide the police with the details and if the items are located, they can be returned.
Photographs. Take photographs of your property, in particular jewellery. The police are often unable to trace the owners of these
items as many of them cannot be adequately identified. Mobile phones/tablets.
Make note of the IMEI number (international mobile equipment identity) which is the 15 or 17 digit number that identifies mobile devices. Each of these numbers is unique, and makes identification of an owner easy. GPS tracking software.
Many mobile devices now have apps or in-built tracking devices. It is important to have them turned on, and keep a copy of your login details. Should a mobile phone or tablet be lost or stolen, the information can be provided to police, who can then use it to assist in tracking down your device.
While these things are not a guarantee that items will be recovered, should suspect items be discovered by police during search warrants, property seizures or simply handed in, it increases the chance that it can be returned.
People can use the WA Police checkmycrime online service to add/update property items reported as stolen, or the ReportMyLost Property online service to lodge a lost property report.
Find these at police.wa.gov. au.
For 24-hour police assistance, telephone Broome Police Station on 131 444 or in an emergency dial triple-0.
Anyone with information for police can call the Broome Police Station or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Follow us on Twitter @BroomePol.