SAVANNAH, GA (September 25, 2015): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department is promoting awareness of a free and secure online database to help citizens keep track of personal property and increase the odds of identifying and recovering it if stolen.

Citizens can access this database by logging on the ReportIt website to record serial numbers and upload scanned receipts and images of valuables such as jewelry, sporting equipment, electronics, designer clothing, collectibles or any item deemed valuable by the owner.

ReportIt is a part of LeadsOnline, an online system that works with police across the country to track and recover stolen property. SCMPD detectives can use this system to search for the items using parameters such as product descriptions and serial numbers.  When an item is pawned or sold to a secondhand shop, the product information is entered in the LeadsOnline database and is immediately viewable by participating law enforcement agencies nationwide.

“Being the victim of any type of crime takes a toll,” said Maj. Larry Branson, commander of SCMPD’s Patrol Division. “ReportIt is a tool we can use to drive more positive investigative outcomes. I hope to see our community take advantage of it.”

Law enforcement agencies across the nation have used LeadsOnline to recover thousands of dollars in stolen property, track down thieves, develop leads and make numerous arrests. These records may also be useful when filing claims with insurance providers in the event of loss.

Anyone interested in building a personal property inventory list can visit http://reportit.leadsonline.com