DEARBORN, Michigan – The Dearborn Police Department 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, the Dearborn Police Department indicated that having the information documented will go a long way in accurately and quickly identifying your property. Citizens can access the site at reportit.leadsonline.com.
“The LeadsOnline ReportIt system is an outstanding free resource for our residents which will allow them to be proactive and further protect their property”, explains Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad.
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 Dearborn Police Department recently implemented 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.
Dearborn Police Department recently began using LeadsOnline and has already reported many successes using the online investigations system. Using LeadsOnline, police agencies have recovered thousands of dollars in stolen property. Recently, the LeadsOnline system helped Dearborn detectives recover property taken in burglaries, and developed additional suspect leads in several ongoing criminal investigations.
Other recovered items have included valuable jewelry, camera, 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 ReportIt can register for the free service and begin building their personal property inventory list.
Dearborn residents can also borrow engravers from the Dearborn Police Department Training Office that can be used to engrave their valuables.