Track stolen items

Broome Advertiser - - Opinion - Se­nior Sergeant Bren­don Bar­wick

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.

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