KENNEWICK POLICE NEWS RELEASE -- Every day law enforcement takes reports of property stolen or lost. And every day, more than 90 percent of the time, the victim is not able to provide officers with a detailed description of the property taken. Without essential information such as model and serial numbers or a unique owner applied number it is almost impossible to locate those items or return them to the rightful owner without that information.
The Kennewick Police Department encourages 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, Kennewick 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.
“This free valuable tool allows Kennewick residents an easy way to keep a list of valuable items in the event they are lost or stolen” explains Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg. “Daily Kennewick Police Officers take reports where the victim isn’t able to provide them with model and serial numbers of items taken. Without that information it is difficult to return items to their rightful owners.”
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 Kennewick 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 Kennewick Police Department has used LeadsOnline since 2011 and has reported successes using the online investigations system. Using LeadsOnline, police have recovered stolen property for Kennewick and surrounding residents.
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.
A direct link to the ReportIt website can be found on the City of Kennewick website at www.go2kennewick.com and clicking on any of the Police Department pages.