October 11, 2013
Conyers Police Department encourages all residents to use a free online system that will help keep track of valuable, and invaluable, personal property. ReportIt is a free, secure online service allowing citizens to record serial numbers and upload images for phones, electronics, and other valuables. Should these items ever be stolen, having the information will go a long way in accurately and quickly identifying your property. Citizens can access the site at www.reportit.leadsonline.com.
"Theft is one of the largest issues in the city regarding the volume of Part I crimes. We have got to have citizens help slow it down," explains Chief Gene Wilson. Part I crimes include Murder, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Arson, Thefts, and Motor Vehicle Thefts.
Tracking recovered stolen items back to the thief will help the police department do just that. The ReportIt service is part of LeadsOnline, the online system that works with police across the country to track and recover stolen property. The Conyers Police Department uses LeadsOnline to help track and recover items such as jewelry, equipment, electronics, computers, cameras, even designer clothing and other collectables. 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 throughout the country.
Conyers Police Department has used LeadsOnline since June of 2012 and has reported many successes using the online investigations system. Using LeadsOnline, police have recovered thousands of dollars in stolen property for Conyers and surrounding residents. With information provided by LeadsOnline, police track down thieves, develop leads in numerous cases and make arrests. Recently, the LeadsOnline system helped detectives recover a lawn mower stolen from a victim's yard, a ring stolen in a burglary, and a speaker shoplifted from Wal-Mart. All of these recoveries lead to arrests.
Ideally, theft prevention is our goal. Securing items in the trunk of your vehicle instead of on or under your seats, storing items in locked lockers at the gym, never leaving a purse unattended in a shopping cart, and simply locking your vehicle can help prevent becoming a victim.
In the event you become a victim, you need to be prepared to be able to provide your item descriptions to the police. For example, since last summer numerous LA Fitness patrons have fallen victim to theft. Several of these thefts occurred in the locker room. Being able to track valuables stolen from such locations not only helps the police department recover your items, but it helps lead to the arrest of a criminal who makes their living preying on others.
By creating a ReportIt account, you can have pictures, descriptions, and serial numbers handy to provide to the reporting police officer. This will assist detectives in comparing pawned items to that of the victims. We would like to stress that this is your own password protected account only accessible to the owners themselves. Law enforcement does not have access to your personal information, it is for the individual to access and share with police in the event of a theft.
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.