The Burlington 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 Burlington Police Department says having this information will go a long way in accurately and quickly identifying your property. Residents can access the site at reportit.leadsonline.com.
“We’ve never had anything like ReportIt available to securely catalog this type of information online,” explains Crime Prevention Specialist, Greg Turner. “In case of theft, you’ll be able to tell our officers exactly what was stolen, and because the items can be more easily identified, there is a better chance for item recovery.”
Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe adds that “one of the greatest strengths of this program is that the registration is off site. If there is a fire or your laptop is stolen, you will still have access to important serial numbers, which is both a powerful safety measure and could help drastically with insurance claims.”
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 Burlington 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 and collectables. 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.
Residents 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. Residents interested in participation in ReportIt can register for the free service at reportit.leadsonline.com and begin building their personal property inventory list.