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Redmond PD Urges Online Valuables Tracking

Says 'ReportIt' System Has Helped Recover Thousands in Loot

By KTVZ.COM News Sources

December 25, 2010

REDMOND, Ore. – Redmond police this week recommended that citizens make use of a free, secure online service to record information on valuables. They say it's helped them recover thousands of dollars in stolen items over the past couple of years.

Here's the text of their announcement:

The Reportit system, a free service offered by LeadsOnline, is a secure online service allowing people to record serial numbers and upload images for phones, electronics, jewelry and other valuables. Should those items ever be stolen, having the information will go a long way in accurately and quickly identifying your property.

"When people record their serial numbers of the property they own, they are helping us locate and recover their own property. Having a secure database where users of this system can continually update their belongings, print lists of stolen items, and provide a list to a police officer in the event of a loss can greatly increase the chances of recovering their property," explains Redmond Police Capt. Dave Tarbet.

The LeadsOnline system allows detectives to search for stolen property 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 Redmond Police Department has used LeadsOnline since 2008 to assist in recovering thousands of dollars in stolen property for Redmond and surrounding areas.

Recently the Redmond Police Department, after being alerted by the Cash Connection pawn shop, was able to recover hundreds of dollars worth of power tools stolen from Home Depot and Lowes after they were pawned by a suspect.

Using LeadsOnline, police were able to recover the tools and arrest the suspect. It was then learned the same suspect pawned a video game console stolen from a residential burglary.

In another case, Redmond Police Department detectives noted a digital camera and lens pawned in Redmond matched one reported stolen in Denver, Colorado, in 2008. The camera and lens were recovered and returned to the original owner.

Businesses and individuals 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 assist when filing claims with insurance providers in the event of loss.

Many people receive new electronics, jewelry and other items of value during the Christmas season. There is no better time to document all of your belongings than now. To participate in ReportIt, register for the free service at reportit.leadsonline.com and begin building a 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. The records are instantly available to law enforcement agencies, meaning crimes can be solved in seconds, not months.

The LeadsOnline system, compatible with the NCIC (National Crime Info Center) database, 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 narcotic 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.

Detective Curtis Chambers with Redmond Police told NewsChannel 21 Sunday, "Having people document their serial numbers and report their serial numbers to law enforcement in the event of theft or some other form of loss, greatly increases the chances of recovery of their items and the eventual prosecution of the person responsible for taking those items."

Chambers also said they plan to pass out fliers to local businesses, alerting people of the free online service.

He also wanted the public to be aware that police cannot see any of the information you upload to the site -- only if you file it as stolen property.

For more information, or to register, visit: www.leadsonline.com.

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