Even though being a victim of a burglary is one of the most traumatizing events a person (or family) can be subjected to, it’s important to keep in mind that, in some situations, it is quite possible to recover your stolen items. With the advancements made in technology, there is even a chance you could find your possessions posted on the internet. Start today by doing some research on your own and become firm and proactive in reclaiming your valuables. Here’s how:
- First and foremost, you should always contact the Police if you’ve been robbed. It would also be wise to keep a list with descriptions (or pictures) of your valuables and any accompanying serial numbers on hand for these types of emergency situations, and give that information to the proper authorities.
- Many robbers take stolen merchandise to pawn shops for quick cash, so do a search online or skim through the Yellow Pages to find every available pawnshop within driving distance of your home. If you find your stolen items, contact the Police and let them handle the legalities for you.
- If you’re valuables don’t come with a serial number or other identifying mark then make some of your own. Permanent markers and ultra-violet security pens are perfect for labeling items made of cloth, leather, or particleboard. Take pictures of these marks for future reference.
- Search online auction sites, like eBay and Craigslist. Use the search feature on the websites to type in what item you’re looking for and don’t forget to include details like color, model numbers, and anything else you can think that might narrow down your search. If you find something that belongs to you, print the page and contact the Police.
Being robbed can be devastating, but taking matters into your own hands can go a long way in helping you through the recovery process, not only by reclaiming your stolen items, but by restoring something even more important – your peace of mind.