SNAP de­ci­sion can save lots of tears

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE -

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.’’

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