Program helps track personal belongings, assist law enforcement
Since Jan. 1, there have been more than 1,000 residential and car burglaries in the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office jurisdiction.
Given the number of burglaries, the OCSO is urging residents to take a proactive approach in protecting their personal belongings by locking their homes and cars, as the vast majority of these incidents have targeted unlocked cars.
Simple preventable steps can be the difference between losing thousands of dollars in property or being the victim of identity theft from having your purse/wallet stolen, according to a press release from the OCSO.
Residents are urged to lock their cars, take their keys and hide their belongings to combat car theft.
Personal property can also be registered through ReportIt, which allows you to keep an online record of valuable property. The "proactive tool" catalogs important information such as serial numbers, owner applied numbers, photos of property and scans of receipts.
ReportIt is part of the Leads Online system, which allows the sheriff's office and other law enforcement agencies across the country to track and recover stolen property.
"We recommend this program because it’s a free, easy, and secure way to keep an inventory of your valuables," said Public Information Officer Michele Nicholson. "You can save serial numbers, photos, and receipts on anything from computers to designer purses. If any items are stolen, you’re able to provide that identifying information to investigators. They can then compare it with data from pawn shops, second hand dealers, or recovered property from a theft to help you get back your property."
For more information about ReportIt, see https://reportit.leadsonline.com/.