October 11th, 2011 11:26 AM by Lisa Carey
The Tallahassee Police Department has partnered with a new company to provide yet another tool for citizens to use. Leadsonline.com allows citizens to go online to a secure website and create an inventory of household goods. Users can enter serial numbers, pictures of jewelry, televisions and anything of value to the database. In the event their home is burglarized or destroyed by fire, flood or other natural event, all of the information will be readily available to provide to an insurance agent and law enforcement officials. In the event of a burglary, Leadsonline.com also allows users to print out a report to give to law enforcement, which will provide all the necessary serial number information officers needs to have the stolen goods entered into the national crime database. If another officer comes across the property anywhere in the country it can be returned to the rightful owner.
One of the main problems faced by property crime investigators is victims rarely can provide serial numbers for their stolen goods. Investigators have a much better chance of recovering stolen items if there are serial numbers associated with the stolen property. For example, many stolen goods are sold to unknowing consumers in a separate part of the country. If another law enforcement agency runs across the person's stolen goods, say in Texas, they have no way of knowing it was stolen out of Tallahassee, if the serial numbers were not entered into the national crime database. Leadsonline.com will provide community members with the ability to document and maintain an accurate inventory of their property, all from the comfort of their own home. Simply log onto Talgov.com/tpd and click on the link for leadsonline.com. The service is provided at no cost to citizens.
"Having your home burglarized is a very unsettling occurrence. If we can make the experience any easier with this new technology, the Tallahassee Police Department wants to be on the forefront of this innovative and exciting program," said Chief Dennis Jones.