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Nov 15, 2004 14:23 ETBack | Print Article
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Around 2 years ago my father hurt himself at work. During the time he had to take off his tools were stolen from work. The police (you guys, and girls) made a file for it, thats it. Now that the auction has come about what if these were his tools? There were about $200 000 worth of tools stolen and we got hardly anything back (money wise). Couldn't you advise people when something like what their stuff was stolen (i.e. tools), couldn't you call them up to tell them that some tools were found, could you come down and see if they are yours? It was a real loss and I'd like my dad to see all of his tools and tool boxes again.

Editor's Note: Unfortunately, items such as tools, electronic equipment and bicycles are stolen every day. When police recover property, a check is performed against victim reports, but if there is no serial number or identifying mark (such as initials carved in the item), it is very difficult to match recovered property with rightful owner.

For example, we might recover a SnapOn wrench with no identifying mark and have 200 reports of stolen SnapOn wrenches... we don't have the staff to call each victim about the recovered item. Even if we could call them, we’d have no way of verifying the one rightful owner from 200 others.

It is imperative that owners take the time to mark their property for permanent identification and insure all valuables against theft. Installing a security system is also recommended. Check out our safety tip on Operation Identification, a Neighbourhood Watch program on marking items permanently.

The Service is mandated by the Police Services Act to keep property for three months and to auction or destroy it after that time. A victim’s best bet is to contact the Property Bureau regularly for updates on recovered property. If there is a way to verify ownership, the DRP will return the property.