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How to improve your odds of recovering stolen property

Stolen goods are recovered by police everyday but returning those items to their owners isn’t always successful. For example, recently West Vancouver police arrested two men and uncovered a cache of stolen construction materials missing from across the area. Police were able to return a small number of items to their owners. Without identification on the stolen goods however, they resorted to using social media to help

in the process. By using Facebook and YouTube they are hopeful of reuniting more stolen tools with their owners.

Some helpful reminders on how to deter thieves and increase the likelihood of stolen property return:

1  For construction sites - keep valuables off-site and review on-site security regularly;

2  If someone offers you a to-good-to-be-true price on an item – think twice because it could be someone else’s;

3  Keep valuables out of site in vehicles – and avoid leaving valuables in vehicles whenever possible;

4  Use permanent identification on valuables – and make sure the identification information is up-to-date.

Research demonstrates that clearly recognizable asset tag labels prove ownership, deter theft, intentional damage, and reduce accidental loss. GoCodes helps construction companies by providing tags for every tool and piece of equipment. By using the QR coded tags, tools and equipment can be quickly checked out by using just a smartphone. This checking scan captures the GPS location of the tool and maintains a complete history, chain of accountability, and location. Moreover, you can use your GoCodes asset management system to conduct routine audits of all equipment. By conducting a regular scan of equipment, you can rapidly identify missing assets.

Sources:

http://www.nsnews.com/news/west-vancouver-police-uncover-stolen-tool-cache-1.1748609

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