Tips to help get stolen prop­erty back to you

Broome Advertiser - - Opinion - Sergeant Grant Winslow Sergeant Grant Winslow is based at the Broome Po­lice Sta­tion.

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.

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