How to Help Police Return Stolen Property to Rightful Owners

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The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service would like to remind homeowners of some simple steps to help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of a break and enter.

Often at this time of year many families will purchase large ticket items such as big screen televisions. And jewelry is often a gift found under the tree.

Now that you have the items, take a few steps to ensure they remain in your residence.

  • When you leave home, ensure all doors and windows are securely locked, including patio doors.
  • If you have an alarm system, use it.
  • Trim bushes and trees so that they do not block the sight of your windows-especially basement windows.
  • Consider installing motion sensors lights in dark areas, especially around doors or windows.
  • Lock your garage. If you have a door between the garage and house, ensure it is locked.
  • Get to know your neighbours. Let them know when you are going to be away. Report any suspicious persons you see around the homes in the area to the police.
  • Use timers if you are going to be away as it will make your home look lived in.

When it comes to your valuables criminals know all the hiding spots too. The best place to put your valuables is in a safety deposit box. But that is not always feasible.

  • For larger items, mark or engrave your property in a discreet area.
  • You can also see if a jeweller will engrave your initials or a unique number such as your driver’s licence number on watches, rings and other small valuables.
  • Record serial numbers and take photographs of the valuables. Keep that information in a safe spot.
  • If you do purchase a safe for your home, ensure it is securely fastened or of enough weight that it cannot be easily carried out of the home.

When you record serial numbers or place markings on property, this information can be used by the police to help return the property to the rightful owner.

If you have any information on persons responsible for break and enters you can provide that information anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).