Sheriff offers online theft guard to public
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The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office recently joined ReportIt, an online antitheft protection service which will help in recovery of stolen property. (See June 8 story, “Burglars, thieves beware!”)

They encourage all residents to use the free online system that will help keep track of valuable—and invaluable—personal property, said Sheriff Anthony Betterton.

ReportIt is a free, secure online service allowing citizens to record serial numbers and upload images for phones, electronics and other valuables.

Should those items ever be stolen, the Sheriff’s Office said having the information will go a long way in accurately and quickly identifying your property. Citizens can access the site at reportit.leadsonline.com.

“The potential benefits from using LeadsOnline are too numerous to mention. This system will not only save Investigators time in trying to track stolen property down from pawn shops in counties in Texas, but also in other states,” said Sheriff Betterton.

The ReportIt service is a part of LeadsOnline, the online system that works with police across the country to track and recover stolen property.

The Upshur County Sheriff Office uses LeadsOnline to help track and recover stolen property — everything from jewelry to sporting equipment to electronics, computers, cameras, and other items, such as designer clothing, collectibles and other items with invaluable personal worth.

The system allows detectives to search for the items using a variety of parameters, including item descriptions and serial numbers.

When an item is sold to a pawn or secondhand shop, the product information is entered in the LeadsOnline database and is immediately viewable by participating law enforcement agencies across the country.

Upshur County Sheriff Office has recently begun using LeadsOnline, and has reported many successes already in using the online investigations system.

Using LeadsOnline, police have recovered thousands of dollars in stolen property for Upshur County and surrounding residents.

Recently, the LeadsOnline system helped detectives recover a gun reported stolen from a residence in Upshur County. The gun was located at a pawnshop in another state.

Other recovered items have included valuable jewelry, cameras, construction equipment, iPods, tools, computers and GPS units. With information provided by LeadsOnline, police track down thieves, develop leads in numerous cases, and make arrests.

Citizens can store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts, so items may be more easily identified in the event of theft. This record may also come in handy when filing claims with insurance providers in the event of loss.

Citizens wanting to participate in Report It can register for the free service at reportit.leadsonline.com and begin building their personal property inventory list.

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