Friday, March 6, 2015

From Fort Thomas Police: "To ID is Key"

Ft. Thomas Jewelers is apart of the #FTMFamily
Close your eyes a second and think back to the last time a media outlet like FTM posted a "LOST DOG" ad. Are you picturing a poster with a picture of the dog? Now how difficult would it be to find that dog or how less likely would you be to share if that ad didn't have a picture of the dog?

The same can be said for your stolen items around your house, which police are now using to help track down your stuff

The Highland Heights Police Department and the Fort Thomas Police Department, in association with local jewelers like Ft. Thomas Jewelers will be offering identification services of jewelry to citizens on March 14, 2015 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm at the Highland Heights City Building.

With the assistance of local jewelers, detectives from the Fort Thomas Police Department will be available to answer any questions you may have as well as photographing your jewelry for you and then providing a disk of those pictures for the owner to keep in an effort to improve the recovery of stolen, lost or damaged jewelry.

See the HHPD city website at  www.facebook.com/hhkypd for additional information. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lt. Rich Whitford from the Fort Thomas Police Department.

If you are a victim of theft, you should take these steps:
Notify local law enforcement – complete Police report
Notify your insurance company
Provide detailed descriptions of each item, including receipts, serial numbers
Search the above listed locations for your possible items

In reality, most of us do not consider it a priority to catalog our precious items.  After all, it takes too much time and energy.  However, after something has happened, it's more difficult to remember what you had and where you had it.  

Take the time and do it now.  Get your digital camera and take photos of everything that a thief might take from your house.  Write down or photo the serial numbers.  Collect receipts and keep them in a safe place.  

If you do these things, you will be thankful if you find yourself talking to the investigator. Chances of recovery will shoot up drastically for you.

Places where stolen items likely end up are:

eBay
Craigslist
Flea Markets
Wholesale Jewelry Buyers
Custom Jewelry Manufacturers
Gold/Silver Buyers
Used Appliance/TV stores
Used Sporting Goods Stores
Antique Shops
Second Hand Stores
Consignment Shops

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