Free Service Offered to the Public / ReportIt (Citizen Property Inventory System)
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City of Fort Wayne Police Department: Raquel Foster, 260 427-1343
Fort Wayne Police Department RECOMMENDS online system to help citizens keep track of valuables
from phones to COMPUTERS, jewelry and more
Fort Wayne Police Department wants to help citizens keep track of
important information that will help track down stolen property faster
The City of Fort Wayne Police Department encourages all residents to use a free online system that will help keep track of valuable --- and invaluable --- personal property. The ReportIt system is an online service allowing people to record serial numbers and upload images for phones, electronics, and other valuables. Should those items ever be stolen, Fort Wayne police say having the information will go a long way in accurately and quickly identifying your property.
The ReportIt service is a part of LeadsOnline, the online system that works with police across the country to track and recover stolen property. The Fort Wayne Police Department uses LeadsOnline to help track and recover stolen property ---- everything from jewelry to sporting equipment to electronics, computers, cameras, and other items such as designer clothing, collectibles, and other items with invaluable personal worth. The system allows detectives to search for the items using a variety of parameters, including item descriptions and serial numbers. When an item is sold to a pawn or secondhand shop, the product information is entered in the LeadsOnline database and is immediately viewable by participating law enforcement agencies across the country.
The Fort Wayne Police Department has used LeadsOnline since 2007 and has reported many successes using the system. Using LeadsOnline, police have recovered thousands of dollars in stolen property for Fort Wayne and surrounding residents. Items have included valuable jewelry, camera, construction equipment, iPods, tools, computers and GPS units. With information provided by LeadsOnline, police track down thieves, develop leads in numerous cases and make arrests. In one investigation a detective was able to return a digital camera that still had the original picture card with pictures intact to a young single mother, which led to shutting down a prolific burglary ring.
Citizens can store an unlimited number of serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so items may be more easily identified in the event of theft. This record may also come in handy when filing claims with insurance providers in the event of loss. Citizens wanting to participate in Report It can register for the free service at www.reportit.leadsonline.com and begin building their personal property inventory list.
LeadsOnline is the nation’s largest online investigative system used by more than 3,000 law enforcement agencies to recover stolen property and solve crimes. Each day, millions of items are added to the LeadsOnline database by businesses including second-hand stores, scrap metal recyclers, pawnshops, and Internet drop-off stores across all 50 states. Those records are instantly available to law enforcement agencies, meaning crimes can be solved in seconds, not months. The LeadsOnline system, compatible with the NCIC, serves as an indispensible, efficient, and money-saving resource for detectives because it provides a cross-jurisdictional, instantaneous, and accurate database that stops criminals from escaping detection by selling stolen items in another city. An official eBay partner, LeadsOnline helps prevent illegal transactions on the eBay website by giving law enforcement access to the world’s largest online marketplace through automatic upload of all eBay transactions into the LeadsOnline database. LeadsOnline also includes LeadsOnlabs, a system for tracking those involved in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamines; a Metal Theft Investigation System designed to track copper and other metal thefts; and cross-checks names of pawn customers against the OFAC SDN list of known terrorists and narcotics traffickers. Each year, LeadsOnline is credited with recovering millions of dollars in stolen goods and solving thousands of crimes that are often associated with bigger crimes, such as homicide, identity theft, and arson. Based in Dallas and led by President and CEO Dave Finley, LeadsOnline works with thousands of agencies throughout the country, including the New York City Police Department, the Dallas Police Department, and the San Francisco Police Department. www.leadsonline.com