The Fort Wayne Police Department’s Detective Bureau has created a new form to help citizens properly document their personal property. This will assist the owner, law enforcement, and insurance companies in the event of a burglary or theft.
With burglaries and thefts being a problem nationwide, detectives are many times stymied in their attempts to recover lost and stolen personal property because the owner has failed to properly document his or her valuables.
A detailed description of your property, including its value and any serial numbers, is vital for the police to assist in the recovery of your items if they are stolen from your home or car. It would also be of great assistance to your insurance company should your property be lost in a fire.
The FWPD recommends using the form linked below, or going to www.leadsonline.com and using the ReportIt feature, to record the identification and value of your valuable property for the police and for insurance claims.
Many times an item might not have a serial number issued by the manufacturer. In these circumstances it is recommended that the owner mark items in a way that is unique, giving law enforcement additional means of identifying a victim’s property. Jewelry can be photographed if the owner does not wish to mark it.