Protect your Personal Property

Follow these suggestions to protect your belongings from loss due to theft or fire:

  • Televisions, cameras, bikes, radios, microwave ovens, rifles, tools, and lawn equipment, etc. should be engraved with a driver’s license number beginning with the state abbreviation (ex. MI-S-000-000-000-000).
  • DO NOT engrave your social security number on items.  It compromises your SSN and police cannot use it to trace and return recovered property.
  • Keep an inventory, including the make, model, color, size, serial number and purchase price of your valuables.
  • Photograph all valuables that cannot be engraved, such as antiques, jewelry, coins, silver, china, etc., and record the description on the back.  A series of photos could be made of each room or videotape the contents of your home.
  • Valuable documents, insurance records, photos, jewelry, etc., should be stored in a secured safe or safe deposit box.
  • Jewelry, valuables, cash, etc., should NOT be stored in the master bedroom.  This is the first place a burglar will look.
  • Firearms are easy for a thief to dispose of.  Use gun locks to secure the firing mechanisms. Residents can get free gunlocks from the Police Department.
  • Bolts, clips, ammunition, and other functional parts of guns can be stored in different locations to prevent theft, or accidental discharge by children.

Source:  American Crime Prevention Institute