It’s that time of year again when you wake up to the sound of lawnmowers, gas trimmers and electric hedgers turning neighborhood yards into manicured marvels. The smell of freshly cut grass is carried by the warm winds of a sunny day. The sounds and smells have motivated you to get out in your own yard and do some work. You go to get your tools only to have your summertime bliss evaporate into woe when you discover someone has stolen your tools.
You pick up the phone to call police and file a theft report. Once police arrive one of the questions they ask you is if you know the make, model and serial number of the property that was stolen. Your reply is, “no”. This is not uncommon, but it does make it more difficult for the police to recover your property without having some type of identifying information. Your stolen lawnmower will simply become one of hundreds of other lawnmowers without some type of identifying information that shows it belongs to you.
The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone of a great tool available to them free of charge: Report It.
Report It is a proactive tool that allows you to easily catalog information about your valuables. This includes serial numbers, owner applied numbers, photos of property and scans of receipts. It’s completely internet based, so you never have to worry about losing the data you have saved.
Nobody expects to have their property lost, stolen or damaged, but if it does happen, you’ll need to be able to provide the information to law enforcement and your insurance provider.
You can use Report It to store identifying information of anything of value – think about collectibles, jewelry, electronics, machinery, lawn equipment, and even designer clothes and handbags.
Having identifying information, such as serial numbers, will go a long way in helping the police to get your stolen property back to you so you can get back to enjoying the sounds and smells of summer.