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How you can protect your belongings

 



How you can protect your belongings

By: Erica Byfield

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. - Law enforcement in Western Kentucky has what one detective called a "difficult task" on their hands. Almost a week after they found truck loads of stolen goods they have to figure out who it all belongs to.   What can you do now to protect your property?  We explain.   

Getting started now could save you a big headache later.

"Electronics, VCR's DVD's also a little furniture, jewelry, board games," said Detective Matt Hilbrecht as he listed off all the stolen items they found at a local mans home. 

The majority of the items found in McCracken and Marshall Counties do not have any sort of identification.

For now the police have the property, but now it's up to you to prove that it's yours.

How?  Think about labeling it.

One thing you might think about is Datadot. For about 50 dollars you get this box with a special paste.  It is special because there are microscopic disks inside with a number that can only be traced back to you.

The paste dries clear on any surface.  Or you could try an old fashion tactic.

"I know years ago people had the engraving pens that the school system would use.  Put your name, phone number and date of birth you don't want to put too much information we don't recommend social security numbers because identity theft is a big issue these days," said Detective Hilbrecht. 

Once you notice something is missing file a police report, "That way we can go back look at the report and try to match up the items seized with the reports," said Detective Hilbrecht. 

There is no guarantee if you take all these steps the police will find what is missing;

But if they do, you can prove it is yours and save yourself the headache of trying to buy back a family heirloom at a police auction. 

Officers say they will try to get all items back to the rightful owners; otherwise they'll be forced to auction them off.

You can find more information on Datadot by logging on to our web site and clicking on news links.

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