Officials Say Theft Deterrent Program Is Working

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Topeka Police Department is starting to notice the effects of the Record It, Report It, Recover It initiative that launched in connection with the Safest Capital City Campaign in May.

The initiative is a community effort to help deter theft of property and help the owner recover property, should it be stolen. The program encourages you to mark your property with an invisible marker. There are special kits that the Police Department, pawn shops and other locations have on hand, so that when property is recovered or comes in, it can be scanned for markings.

On Friday, a Topeka Police Officer stopped by a pawn shop at 6th and California to check items that had been put on hold by the pawn shop.

A victim of a theft had been in contact with the shop reference the possibility of a game system she had taken in a burglary being at the pawn shop. The victim had marked the item she had taken with the invisible marker. The officer scanned the item and positively identified as the victim’s.

“We are excited about this recovery and to see this initiative come full circle,” Capt. Ron Brown said. “We continue to emphasize the importance of marking your items and taking preventative measures.”

Things you can do to protect yourself:

Take an inventory of all valuables and list each item’s make, model, serial number, the date of purchase and the cost of the item.
Mark the item with your driver’s license number using an invisible marker or engraver (never use your social security number)
Items you can’t mark or engrave should be photographed
Jewelry should be described as to the size, weight and color of stones. This can be done free of charge at most Topeka area pawn shops.
Keep a copy of the list, photos or computer discs in a safe deposit box or valuable area.
Get valuables insured.
Never leave your home or vehicle unlocked, even if you are just going to the neighbors. An open or unlocked door is an invitation to steal.
Keep your keys with you at all times.
Never lend your keys to anyone.
Leave valuable jewelry, especially those items with sentimental or heirloom value, in a safe deposit box.
If something is stolen or missing, report it right away.


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