Tips to help get stolen property back to you
Should you be the unfortunate victim of property crime, and have some of your items stolen, do you have enough information on hand to adequately identify the property? There are a few simple steps you can take to help the chances of recovering your property:
Serial numbers: When buying items, in particular electronic goods, take note of the serial numbers and keep them somewhere safe. Should the items be lost or stolen, you can then provide police with those details and should the items be handed in or located they can be returned to you.
Photographs: Photograph your property, in particular jewellery. Police are often unable to identify owners of these items as many cannot be adequately identified.
Mobile phones/tablets: Make note of the IMEI number (International Mobile Equipment Identity: which is the 15 or 17-digit unique number that identifies mobile devices). Owner identification is easy if the IMEI number has been provided to police.
Police find these steps increase the chance items can be returned . . .
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.
Police find these steps greatly increase the chance items can be returned to you.
Remember: you can use the WA Police “checkmycrime” online services to add/update property items reported as stolen, or the ReportMyLostProperty online service to lodge a lost property report. Both can be found at the police.wa.gov.au.