Imagine returning to your home and finding out that someone has broken in and taken your TV, computer, jewellery, camera and other valuable property. You call the police, and when the officer arrives, he asks for a list of what is stolen. Do you have one? Can you give him a detailed list quickly before the thief has a chance to dispose of your property? Do you know your serial numbers?
Nobody wants to think about being a victim of a theft, but there are steps you can take to help prevent it. You can lock your doors and windows, secure your valuables, and engrave your property with your driver's licence or identification card number.
Thanks to the Vancouver Police Foundation, the VPD has a new free Log it or Lose It app for iPhone and iPad that can help make it easy for you to record all the information about your property. If you have items that cannot be engraved and that don't have serial numbers, like jewellery, paintings and family heirlooms, you can take a picture of it. Make sure you back up the information by emailing it to yourself and keeping a folder or spreadsheet of the information.
We also offer a printed form that you can fill out by hand. We recommend keeping the form and photos in a safe place, and to consider keeping a second copy at another location, like work or at a friend's.
By simply taking a few moments to log your property, you will not only increase the chance of getting your belongings back, you will increase the chance a thief may be arrested and charged.
We all play a role in fighting crime in our community.
Find more information at www.vpd.ca.