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Crime of the Week: April 17, 2009

Police Tips On Tracking Personal Property

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Crime dropped last year in Nashville, but not burglary in many parts of the city. Police said it was important to track personal property by writing down serial numbers or by making markings.

Inscribing a drivers license number or something else unique into the back of your valuables can take very little time and effort.

"Walk through the house and write down the serial numbers especially on big ticket items like their electronics, weapons, cameras," said Metro police officer Danny Driskell.

Police said that information was important because most of the time home or business owners never get it back what they lose in a burglary.

In many cases police can not find the owner of stolen property once the item was recovered. There are thousands of unclaimed items in the Metro property room including computer screens and televisions.

Most of the items have serial numbers, but there was no way to connect them to victims.

"When we have criminals steal these things a lot of times they will go to either a swap or pawn shop and get rid of them," said Driskell.

Pawn shops are required by law to send police a list of nearly everything they receive. The list includes serial and model numbers.

Police said if something was stolen and the person knows the serial number the chances of recovering it go way up.

"This gives us probably about a 70 percent chance of recovering items in the pawn shops or the swap shops where criminals take them," said Driskell.

Pawn shops are also required to take proof of identification when they receive something.

Metro Police have an on-line recovered property search, click here for more information.

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