Online system to help citizens keep track of valuables

Published 5:46pm Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office 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 those items ever be stolen, Polk County Sheriff’s Officer’s say having the information will go a long way in accurately and quickly identifying your property. Citizens can access the site at reportit.leadsonline.com.

“Reportit is such a valuable tool for the residents of Polk County, and I’m excited to see them embrace it,” explains Lt. Brett Hooper.

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 Polk County Sheriff’s Office 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.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office has used LeadsOnline since 2009 and has reported many successes using the online investigation system. Using LeadsOnline, police have recovered thousands of dollars in stolen property for Polk County and surrounding residents. Recently, the LeadsOnline system helped detectives recover stolen items from not only North Carolina, but many of our surrounding states.

Other recovered items have included valuable jewelry, cameras, 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.

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 reportit.leadsonline.com and begin building their personal property inventory list.

- article submitted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office

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