Protect your property with an online inventory

9:33 AM, Oct 1, 2012   |    comments
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  • Dunwoody Police are encouraging residents to create a property inventory using Interactive Defense.
  • Jewelry is one of the items that should be included in a property list.

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Dunwoody Police want residents to create an online inventory of their property to help investigators track down stolen goods.

"A picture is worth a thousand words, and it can help us identify their property a lot quicker," said Dunwoody Police Officer Tim Fecht. 

Dunwoody Police use an online system called Interactive Defense, which includes a property lock box.

It lets homeowners log in and create a list of their belongings in case of a burglary.

Officer Fecht has his own account.

"It was actually pretty easy," he said. "What I did was go room to room looking at high-end electronics, like TVs, and then I started going to jewelry."

You can include photos, appraisals and serial numbers.

Then if something's stolen, the system sends pawn shops an alert.

Police can also search the system when they bust a burglar.

"If we have that serial number and tracking, we can contact the victims and return their property to their rightful owners," Officer Fecht said. 

You can use the same list of valuables for insurance purposes if there's a fire or storm damage.

You don't need a website to make a list...but it gives you an excuse to get started.

A few other police departments around metro Atlanta are using the Interactive Defense system.

If you don't have access to an online property log, you can print out a form, fill it out and keep it in a safe place.

Wells Fargo has a good inventory list you can see here





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