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5 Ways to Recover Stolen Property

stolen-propertyIt’s hard to recover stolen property if you haven’t done a little prep work first. While we here at JSB Security try to ensure that people don’t get anything stolen at all stuff still happens.

You could, after all, end up losing electronics to theft while you’re out and about. And some very bold thieves will do a snatch and grab even as they run away from a house where an alarm system is going.

Remember, security is all about layers of preparation. Here are five layers that you can add to your personal security plan.

1. Arm Your Electronics with GPS

Start by downloading the Prey Project app to your smart phones and laptops.

This app works a bit like a sleeper agent. You only bother with it when it’s needed.

Basically you install a tiny agent on your laptop, tablet or phone, which silently waits for a remote signal to wake up and work its magic. This signal is sent from our hosted web service whenever you wish to gather information or trigger an action, like locking down the device. That’s pretty much it.

The cops pretty much love Prey because it has helped so many people recover stolen property. It’s helped them get the thieves off the street, too.

2. Keep a Home Inventory List

You can’t track every item in your home with GPS. So it’s important to keep a home inventory list.

This list won’t help you recover specific stolen items per se. However, you can use the list to file a claim with your insurance company, which will in turn allow you to buy something just like it.

It won’t keep you from feeling violated and angry, but it’ll certainly help you avoid a financial setback.

3. Keep Your Boxes

Asking any busy person to try to keep track of their serial numbers or to add them to home inventory lists might be just a little much. Fortunately, you don’t have to go this far.

You can just keep the boxes in an out-of-the-way closet. The serial number for almost any valuable that has one is usually somewhere on or in the box that it came in.

4. Use the Web

There are a number of websites devoted to helping you locate stolen property. The Stolen Registry and Stolen 911 are particularly useful.

5. File a Police Report

You’d be surprised how many people overlook this simple step. It may seem like a waste of time. You may doubt that the police can actually help you recover your property.

It’s true that the chances can be slim. But they go straight down to nothing if you don’t file the report. In addition, you will need those reports if the thief uses any of your stolen items to commit identity theft, to file your insurance claims or if the thief uses your property during the course of committing another crime (guns are a popular target for thieves). At the very least, the cops will be able to check your local pawn shops.

So take the time and get it done. You can just go down to the station to file one if you don’t want to call the cops out. Keep a copy for your records. You may need it later.

Keep your property from becoming stolen property. While a monitored alarm system can’t prevent every situation it can make your home and family far safer. If you live in the Charlotte, NC area call JSB today for a free estimate on a brand new security system for your home.

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