3 Tips to Find Your Stolen Items after a Burglary

Being burglarized is a difficult experience and recovering your stolen goods may seem grim. Luckily, there are several simple things you can do to increase your chances of recovering your stolen property.

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Below are 3 tips to find your stolen items after a burglary:

Pawn Shop
When a burglar needs to unload his latest haul, his first stop is often the pawn shop, where he can get quick, anonymous cash with no questions asked. It’s such a common move that some pawn shops already work directly with law enforcement through online databases such as Leads Online (another reason to file a police report quickly — these databases cross-reference with the reports, so if you haven’t bothered to call yours in, you’re out of luck). Just in case yours doesn’t, make a sweep as many local shops as you can, and see if they’ve got your stuff in stock. If you find it, don’t point it out — shop owners have money invested in your goods by this point, and might not react well.  Call up your buddies the police and leave it to them. Source: DumbLittleMan

A thief can easily sell your stolen goods online on Craigslist or Ebay, and the buyer would be none the wiser. It’s actually a successful tool for a thief and also an easy source to rake in cash off your property.
Here’s how it works:Enter the type in the make and model into the search field. The search engine crawls all of Craiglist ads to see if anyone is selling something similar to your stolen stuff. Not only does it search your local area, it searches all states and cities. Stolen911.com is an easy way to get stolen property indexed by the major search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.
Searching for your stolen property on Craigslist can increase your chance of recovering your stolen items. For example, this woman went on Craigslist and worked with officers to find $6,650 of property stolen from her home. Source: SimpliSafe

Specialized Store
This is more time consuming but depending on the items which were stolen, you may find them in a specialised store.
If your jewellery is missing you may consider visiting jewellery stores in your area that say they “buy gold” or second hand items. Some of these places melt down the items so time is really of the essence.
You can try approaching the shop keeper and asking if items you are missing have been sold to the store in the last 24 hours. If you can provide an accurate description or produce a photo they are more likely to take you seriously.
If you have a strong suspicion a store has bought your stolen items, you should notify the police so they can conduct an investigation. Before approaching these shops make sure to notify police of your intentions so you don’t accidentally interfere with the investigation. Source: Blog.Cammy

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