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Web site helps police find owners of stolen items

Web-based program locates stolen property

Thursday, June 13, 2013 4:17 PM
Last updated Friday, June 14, 2013 1:58 AM
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Richmond County residents now have a Web-based way to register belongings with police, and it’s already proven successful in the return of stolen property.



The ReportIt program is free to residents in jurisdictions that pay for it. The cost of the program to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has not been disclosed.

ReportIt is part of LeadsOnline, an online system that works with police to track and recover stolen property.

The sheriff’s office has been using the program about three weeks, but it has helped investigators recover several items, including an Apple iPad and a Taurus pistol.

Residents can register through ReportIt and list up to 100 items, including jewelry, guns, electronics, collectables, machinery, lawn equipment, and even designer clothes and purses. Make, model, serial number, purchase receipts and photos can be uploaded and stored in the database.

According to the ReportIt Web site, police cannot obtain the information without the user’s permission. Information can be obtained only with a login and password. Items will still have to be reported stolen, and users can print an inventory of missing property.

The LeadsOnline system allows police to search for stolen goods a variety of ways, including by description and serial number. When an item is sold to a pawnshop, the product information is entered into the LeadsOnline database and is immediately viewable to participating law enforcement agencies.

Lt. Lewis Blanchard said in most cases victims don’t immediately know what is missing, and if they do, they usually give only a vague description. Thorough descriptions are key to having property returned.

“We have stuff all the time that gets found and we don’t know who it belongs to,” he said.

After Operation Smoke Screen – a seven-month burglary sting that led to more than 100 arrests in 2012 – investigators found themselves sorting through hundreds of stolen items and trying to match them to reports that gave basic information.

Police hope the program will increase the number of arrests and serve as a deterrent to criminals.

“One of our goals is to reduce property crimes within our area and this will help us to achieve our goal through better apprehension of criminals,” Sheriff Richard Roundtree said in a news release.

To register an item, go to reportit.leadsonline.com.

REGISTER ONLINE

Richmond County residents can register their items for free at reportit.leadsonline.com.

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oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 06/13/13 - 08:01 pm
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More gibberish.
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"The ReportIt program is free to residents in jurisdictions that pay for it." Did anyone at the A/C read this? Free to those who pay for it...... sounds like a bureaucrate wrote this. If your house is robbed, just go to the nearest drug dealer and ask which pawn shop his clients use. Shoot the dealer and proceed to shop, after reloading!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/14/13 - 07:10 am
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By the way...

...I was robbed of $1,000,000 in various denominations of bills all over the CSRA, so if you find any money the first $1,000,000 is mine.

Mrswkc2001
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Mrswkc2001 06/14/13 - 12:34 pm
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Careful reading and context

I believe in the sentence "The ReportIt program is free to residents in jurisdictions that pay for it," jurisdictions refers to the police departments who pay for the web service.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 06/14/13 - 09:15 pm
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Mrswkc
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And just who pays the police dept? Only a liberal can belive there is anything "free" even sunshine will cost you. O and for Dixieman, I found your one million dollar bill, it has Obamas picture on it though! It won't cost you anything, wink wink.

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