SNAP decision can save lots of tears
Recording the serial numbers of her valuables on an online database has saved one woman plenty of heartache.
The Auckland resident took photos of various goods and uploaded them to SNAP – the police Serial Number Asset Partnership scheme.
SNAP makes it easier for police to track stolen property and means users have a ready-made asset list to provide to insurance companies if they are burgled.
The woman registered a newly bought laptop on the website before it and other valuables were stolen from her home in broad daylight four days later.
An observant neighbourhood support group member called police after noticing a suspicious vehicle and a man entering the property.
The thief was caught and initially said all the items belonged to a friend.
He admitted to the crime after the valuables were identified through the database.
The victim says putting her valuables into SNAP saved her a lot of money.
‘‘We’ve got insurance, but you have to pay the excess and then the premiums go up.’’
‘‘You work to buy the things that you want in your house; you don’t expect someone to just come and help themselves to it.’’
Police Inspector Wendy Spiller says the burglary shows how registering on the SNAP database can help lessen the blow if a burglary does occur.
‘‘Many stolen items that are recovered can never be returned to their owners because they cannot be identified.’’
Visit snap.org.nz to get started.