This article provides an overview of how thieves sell stolen property. In addition, it explains how you can search the FBI’s stolen articles database to find the missing property. Also, you’ll find suggestions for how to report missing items as stolen and how you can register property to provide protection.
Overview of Stolen Property
Have you ever wondered whether a product you bought or are considering buying was stolen? Perhaps you bought an item from someone on craigslist.com, but you got a suspicious feeling from the seller. Maybe it was an expensive item on sale for an unusually low price. Or, the seller seemed overly willing to agree to your requests, anything to get the item sold.
If you’re gut told you that something smelled fishy, it is possible that you purchased stolen property. Read this article to find out how to check the FBI Stolen Articles Database File to see if the products or goods you purchased were stolen.
How Thieves Sell Stolen Property Online
Criminals and thieves use online marketplaces like eBay, Amazon.com, craigslist.com, and others to move stolen items quickly and easily. The anonymous nature of online marketplaces makes it easy to conceal the seller’s true identity and cover up the true history of the stolen property.
Thieves and criminals sell illegally obtained items at flea markets and even on busy street corners. Criminals steal articles to sell them online for a 100% profit.
Recipero’s Trace Services Helps Combat Crime
Now, there is an easy way to check to see if the item or property you bought was reported as stolen. A company known as Recipero is one of the largest data collection companies in the world. Recipero is now part of TransUnion.
The company provides information services to law enforcement agencies, the United States government, insurance companies, retail businesses, and individual buyers. Recipero operates a service called Trace, which searches FBI Stolen Articles files on the NCIC database.
The FBI Stolen Articles File is a database of property that was reported to law enforcement agencies as being stolen or missing. The database, which is the largest of its kind, contains millions of product serial numbers that can be searched online free of charge.
Police departments run a database search through Trace to determine if goods they recovered during a bust were ever reported as stolen. Individuals can quickly search to determine if a product they are considering buying was taken from someone else.
How Police Check for Stolen Property
Police use a combination of Immobilize, the world’s largest FREE register of possession ownership details, NMPR and CheckMEND. These databases help law enforcement recover and return personal property to its rightful owners.
How to Report an Article as Stolen
When you report the stolen property to your local police department, make sure you request that the information be available to the FBI Stolen Articles File on the NCIC database. As long as local law enforcement reports the information, the goods will be searchable from the Trace website.
How to Register and Protect Purchased Goods
Recipero also operates a service known as Immobilize, the National Property Register. It allows people to register their valuables and increase the likelihood of getting their stuff back in case of a crime or disaster. In addition to recording serial numbers, you can even upload photos and receipts via the website.
Frequently recorded items include mobile phones, bicycles, laptops, jewelry, and home entertainment. The site can even be used to record serial numbers of cash.
Registering makes the information available to police departments around the country immediately. This helps combat the sale of stolen goods and helps police and insurance companies take action.
Questions and Comments
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