PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Imagine coming home to find your home broken into, your possessions stolen. Would you have a list of valuables for police? Officers say a new website can protect you, if you find yourself in that situation.
“You don’t want to be ill–prepared,” said Portsmouth Detective Misty Holley. “You want to be able to recovery your stuff.”
Now, a company who helps police with investigations, called LeadsOnline, is helping. They’ve developed a website called “ReportIt.” It is an online database that allows you to keep track of your things.
Holley has worked dozens of burglary cases, and she said many people just don’t bother writing down serial numbers and descriptions, and those that do usually save their list on a popular item for thieves.
“We will put them on our computer and things that get stolen quite often during burglaries are laptops, computers or any electronics,” Holley added. “Now you lost all that data.”
The ReportIt site is free and only you have access to your account. Police are going to area civic leagues and urging people to sign up.
“Once they register, they can upload photographs, video footage, as well as make model serial numbers of all of their electronics, and other information they have about their valuables,“ Holley said.
Holley said the beauty of the website happens after you become a victim: you’ll have a list of all your valuables that you can print out for insurance and police.
“They can log into their account and print that off for the law enforcement officer, so they have a picture they can take around to local pawn shops,” said Holley. “Police also have a serial number they can search our databases with to locate their stolen items. It is so easy to update. You don’t have to worry about it getting stolen, because it is on an Internet-based application.“