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Spencer Police encourage folks to register valuables online

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Spencer, NC (WBTV) -

The Spencer Police Department is encouraging all residents to use a free online system that will help keep track of valuable --- and invaluable --- personal property. 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, Spencer PD says having the information will go a long way in accurately and quickly identifying your property. Citizens can access the site at reportit.leadsonline.com.

"I strongly encourage all citizens to use this free and confidential service," explains Chief M. T. James

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 Spencer Police Department 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.

The Spencer Police Department has used LeadsOnline for only a few months and has already reported successes using the online investigations system. Using LeadsOnline, police have been able to solve a case for the town.

With information provided by LeadsOnline, police track down thieves, develop leads in numerous cases and make arrests.

Citizens can store an unlimited number of 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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