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Posted on: November 4, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Itasca Police Department Recommends Online System to Help Citizens Keep Track of Valuables

The Police Department encourages all residents to use a free online system that will help keep track of personal property. ReportIt is a free, secure online service allowing citizens to record information for phones, electronics, and other valuables.

Should those items ever be stolen, 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 Itasca 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 investigators 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 Itasca Police Department has used LeadsOnline for a few years now. The Department purchased LeadsOnline and has reported a number of successes using the online investigations system. With the help of information from LeadsOnline, Itasca Police Detectives cleared a number of crimes by arrest. These include at least three residential burglaries; two garage burglaries and over 15 burglaries to motor vehicles. Property recovered and returned to the owners includes radar detectors; brass valves valued at over $300,000 and a number of pieces of jewelry.

With information provided by LeadsOnline, police track down thieves, develop leads in numerous cases and make arrests. 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 be useful when filing claims with insurance providers in the event of loss.

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