Top of Top of the morning to you fine and wonderful folks out there. I hope you are all doing amazingly well.
Couple of things to go over with you today.
First off, we are still getting hit in random neighborhoods throughout the city with vehicle burglaries. The common denominator on most of these vehicle burglaries (not all of them) is that the vehicle was left unlocked and valuables were left in the vehicle were the bad guy could see them. Please lock your vehicles up. No matter if they are sitting right beside your house or not. Lock them! Take valuable items inside your home and don’t leave them in the vehicle. We have had several guns stolen here recently. Yep, people leaving their vehicles unlocked with a gun in them.
Secondly, report those vehicle burglaries. Even if nothing was taken. If your vehicle door is standing wide open and the vehicle has been ransacked, report it. If nothing has been taken but your vehicle was gotten into; report it. If something was stolen; report it. I hope you see a trend here. Report it. Some of these things will never be recovered. We may or may not solve any of the burglaries. But, it gives us some place to start. Chances are the bad guy is someone who lives close to that area. Knowing which cars were hit gives us a place to start to look for the bad guy. Please report these crimes.
Thirdly, even if you report a stolen item, do you know the make, model and serial number of the items of value that were stolen? Chances are there are a few of you who keep these things but most of us don’t. Too much of a hassle to take the time to write these things down. Even if you do write them down, where do you hide the information so you can find it another day? If you do hide it, can you find it again? I have a dear friend who found some literature that I need for a class. This friend put the literature in a “safe place” so they could get it to me the next time I came in. So, the next time I came in they were excited that they had found it and could get it to me. The problem was, they could not remember where that “safe place” was. I still don’t have it.
The Dickson Police Department hopefully has a solution that may help you. Detective James Eubank was working online and found a program called Leads Online. On this program there is a Report It Citizen Property Inventory System. It is a way for a citizen to inventory their own property at home and keep the information securely stored online on the Leads Online system.
The best part of this system is that it is free. Yep, FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I like free.
Next, you can access the system from anywhere in the world as long as you have internet access. If there is a theft or a natural disaster, this information will be invaluable to you, your insurance company and to Law Enforcement. Oh, did I mention that the program was free?
If I remember correctly, you can log up to 100 items for free. If you go over this, you would need to contact Leads Online for a fee structure. I contacted them and asked them about this. The gentleman I spoke with said that rarely does anyone want more storage than that. Some do for a business with a business inventory of items used in that business but most residential customers will not need this much room. The system will let you put in serial numbers, scans of receipts, descriptions and a picture or two per item.
How do you go about registering your stuff online? Go to www.reportit.leadsonline.com and create you an account. You will need an email and a password The system walks you right through the process and it is not very difficult at all. Once you are logged into the system with your own login, you are good to go and can start adding your inventory. Do not share your login with others. This is a safety factor.
You can now enter all of the information fields that it asks for. How secure is the information that you enter? The information you enter is on a secure sockets layer (SSL) and password protected. The servers used to house this information is in the same facilities used by financial institutions and government agencies. Another common question is if Police can search these databases? The answer is no. This is only for YOUR records. Information cannot be accessed without your unique username and password. Another common question is what kind of property can I enter into this system? Basically anything of value. Even if it does not have a serial number but you can add a picture. Collectibles, electronics, machinery, vehicles, lawn equipment and even designer clothes. It even has the capability to take your scanned receipts if you can do that from home.
The really neat thing about this Inventory System is that you can create a report by going into the system and printing it off. If something bad happens like a theft of something or a natural disaster such as a fire, you can print your inventory off with pictures and all the pertinent information and give to Law Enforcement or give to your insurance agent. That is pretty awesome.
Thank you all and be much blessed. Hope to see you all next week. Oh, lock your vehicles and wear your seat belts.
David Cole is the Crime Prevention Officer for the Dickson Police Department.
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