Call for lost property details
THOUSANDS of dollars worth of property is sitting behind locked doors.
And the thing is, some of it could belong to you.
A large quantity of recovered property is lying unclaimed at Gladstone Police Station with officers unable to locate their owners due to lack of property identification markings.
This situation has prompted police to call on residents to get their valuables engraved, nano tagged or photographed to combat this problem.
All are forms of identification which could help law enforcement agencies easily find the rightful owners of recovered property.
“The biggest thing for us is being able to identify this property and for people to prove they own it,” Gladstone District Crime Prevention co-ordinator acting Senior Constable Julie Meinberg said.
“With the technology we have nowadays it is so much easier to mark and identify your property.
“We do free engraving at the station or you can loan the engravers out overnight.
“Also, if anyone is wishing to purchase microdots (nano tags) they are available from the Gladstone PCYC.”
The three forms of marking and identifying your property are engraving, taking photographs and nano tagging.
A serial number specific to the owner is etched into the property
This number is recorded and registered into a database
Engraving is a free police service
Engravers can be loaned out overnight
Is a microscopic metallic tag
Each batch of nano tags has a specific alphanumeric security identification code assigned to a specific owner
The nano tag is either brushed or sprayed onto a valuable item
The item’s description, serial number, security identification code and rightful owner details are registered into a secure database
Select a flat surface where good filtered light is available
Do not photograph in direct sunlight
Background should be a neutral colour (eg. black) with a matte surface
Lay jewellery flat on surface with scale beside jewellery
Fill viewing screen of the camera with the piece of jewellery and scale
Photograph both sides to show any markings on underside
When using flash use the telephoto zoom feature
If your camera has a macro setting use this with available light
For items such as rings, also stand them up by using blue-tac and take close-up photographs of the ring setting
Images must be in focus and fill your camera’s viewing screen
Save images to home computer and also burn to compact disk for back-up
Store in a safe place