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December 22, 2009 (La Mesa)--With the holidays rapidly approaching, many East County residents wille will be giving and receiving valuable items as gifts.  La Mesa Police offers tips to protect your valuables by keeping accurate records.


When you receive or purchase an item, immediately note the serial number and save the receipt and warranty paperwork.


Go through your home and identify items that are most likely to get stolen. Items such as electronics, computers, jewelry, musical instruments and bicycles are all items that are frequently stolen. Take a photograph of each item and note any serial numbers or unusual markings with the photograph. Be as detailed as possible. Refrain from storing the information on your computer as computers may get stolen during a burglary. List everything valuable you own and refer to the list if your home gets burglarized to determine any items that may be missing. It is easy to forget what items you have during a high-stress incident such as a burglary. If your belongings are found in a pawn shop or a suspect’s home, it is very difficult for police officers and detectives to return the items to their rightful owner without proper records and serial numbers. Insurance companies may also require documentation of your stolen items.


Another precaution you can take is to install a tracking system on your valuable computer. There are several products on the market, such as software and GPS systems, that can aid the police in finding your computer.


For more information on protecting your valuables, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Heather Lindquist at the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1445.


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