What's in a number?
What are the chances you will get your property back if it is stolen? That depends on the information you are able to provide. If you do not have the model and/or serial numbers, then there is very little chance that you will ever get your property back. Although it does not guarantee police will be able to trace your items, having the serial numbers and good descriptions or pictures of your valuables will aid police in finding and recovering your valuables from pawn shops, e-bay, craigslist and other outlets for stolen merchandise.
We recommend to record the make, model, and serial number of your valuable items. For jewelry and other valuables with no serial numbers, take good descriptions, pictures and/or video of the items. For items without serial numbers, consider engraving an identifying number in them (an engraver is available for loan at the Police Department). Place the information in a safe place. Having these numbers will assist the police to recover your property and generate leads for solving your case.
Click here to get a PDF version of the Serial Number Inventory Form. After you print it out, you can fill in your property's information and keep it in a safe place.
If you have any questions, or if you would like to borrow an engraver, please contact Capt. Ivan Washington at 913/385-4603.