By Kathy Welsh
December 16, 2016
YONKERS – Police Commissioner Charles Gardner, Mayor Mike Spano, and members of the City Council announced the Yonkers Police Department's use of Leads Online and the "Report It" service, which works with police agencies across the country to assist in locating missing and stolen property.
Leads Online helps 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 Leads Online database and is immediately viewable by participating law enforcement agencies across the country.
Mayor Mike Spano said, "Leads On-line is another example of Commissioner Gardner and our Yonkers Police Department staying ahead of curve with the latest technology that can help the City of Yonkers. This technology will help with criminal investigations and ties in perfectly with the legislation that City Council passed earlier this year on consumer protection. Together, we are committed to protecting our residents and business owners in every way possible."
Using the free Leads Online "Report It" service, residents 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 reportit.leadsonline.com and begin building their personal property inventory list. "As the holidays approach and valuable gifts are received, we encourage our residents to register their new and older valuables with this free and secure service. This is another tool which our investigators can use to help locate missing and stolen property," stated Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.
In the coming weeks, the Yonkers Police Department will be advertising the "Report It" service on their social media platforms and website. Residents will also find a link from the Yonkers PD Tips app directly to the "Report It" website to connect and start registering their valuables in one place using this secure and encrypted service. The Yonkers Police Department will also be circulating flyers advertising this free service in both English and Spanish at community meetings and schools throughout the city.