Record your prized possessions

2017-05-09 06:00
The serial numbers of most electronics are marked with “s/n”.   PHOTO: Samantha Lee

The serial numbers of most electronics are marked with “s/n”. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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Recording the serial numbers of your most prized possessions could help police trace and return your items if they are stolen.

“We want to inform the community of the importance of serial numbers. Although it is not a necessity, it does make it a lot easier to track and return stolen items if we have the serial numbers when we find the goods,” says Captain Ian Williams, Mitchell’s Plain police ­spokesperson.

Recording serial numbers of items along with pictures helps the investigation.

Although police investigations will continue without this information, police are requesting that residents who report theft, especially of electronic goods, bring along the serial numbers of the items.

Police list these numbers in an internal system so that when they come across items suspected to be stolen they can look it up. It has helped with the recovery of goods and cars.

“Invest that extra bit of time to record the serial numbers. You may need it or you may never need it, but the extra precaution could safeguard your items,” says Williams.

The most common items that have serial numbers are TVs, laptops, cellphones and expensive electronics.

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