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ELIZABETHTOWN – The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office 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 residents to record serial numbers and upload images for phones, electronics, and other valuables. Should those items ever be stolen, Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston says having the information will go a long way in accurately and quickly identifying your property.

Residents can access the site at reportit.leadsonline.com.

“This is the largest online investigative system of its kind nationwide,” Benston added. “Our investigators are using it to solve crimes ranging from burglaries to homicides by instantly searching for missing items in the transaction records of businesses across the area and the country. We appreciate the support of our local businesses as they work with us to serve our community.”

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 Bladen County Sheriff’s Office 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.

Bladen County Sheriff’s Office recently began using LeadsOnline and has reported many successes using the online investigations system. Using LeadsOnline, police have recovered thousands of dollars in stolen property for Bladen County and surrounding residents.

Other recovered items have included valuable jewelry, camera, construction equipment, iPods, tools, computers and GPS units. With information provided by LeadsOnline, police track down thieves, develop leads in numerous cases and make arrests.

Residents 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. Residents 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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