How to Get Stolen Property Back

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Recovering stolen property can be a daunting task that requires the assistance of law enforcement. Conversely, law enforcement officers also need your assistance to track down and identify your property. There are several ways to work together with law enforcement to recover stolen items and protect yourself from further victimisation, such as recording serial numbers when purchasing electronics, photographing valuables like jewellery, visiting local pawn shops and searching online pawn shop databases. Some police departments even hold public viewings of seized items in an attempt to locate the rightful owners.

Contact your local police department immediately upon discovering the theft of your item or items. Ensure that you gather as many details as possible regarding your stolen item, such as the physical description, serial number and the estimated dollar value.

Fill out a police report. Indicate all necessary details describing your stolen property and the circumstances surrounding the theft. The police will then enter the information into their database for future reference in case they locate items matching the description.

Conduct an online search, or query the police about state and local pawn shops that might be selling your property. As legitimate pawn shop owners must log all pawned items into an official database with each transaction, the police may locate your stolen item in this venue. In such a case, the pawn shop owner must surrender your item to law enforcement when provided with proof that it was stolen. Police will notify you upon recovery of your item.

Check with local law enforcement periodically concerning the status of their search. Offer any new details, leads or developments that might help them locate and recover your stolen property.

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