JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1.9 million burglaries were reported in the United States in 2013 with victims losing approximately $4.5 billion in property.
Police and insurance companies say the best way to protect your property is to create a home inventory, including photos and serial numbers.
Now the Jonesboro Police Department is making residents aware of a free online service available that will help track of valuable and invaluable personal items.
ReportIt allows citizens to record serial numbers and upload images for phones, electronics, and other valuable.
"Should those items ever be stolen, having the information will go a long way in accurately and quickly identifying your property," said Paul Holmes, JPD's public information specialist, in an email Friday.
The ReportIt service is a part of LeadsOnline, which police across the country use to track and recover stolen property.
"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," Holmes said.
JPD has used the online database for years and recovered thousands of dollars in stolen property for Jonesboro and surrounding residents.
Holmes said citizens can store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so items can be more easily identified in the event of theft.
Those wishing to participate in ReportIt may register for the free service at reportit.leadsonline.com.
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