More than 12,000 laptops are left in U.S. airports every week. Nearly $30 billion in cellphones were lost last year. And according to TrackMole.com
, theft occurs every 5.1 seconds.
So the Boise Police Department announced
earlier this week that it's signed on with TrackMole, a new Internet-based service with the goal of returning lost or stolen property to the rightful owner. TrackMole is free for police departments and citizens. It uses serial numbers to track electronics, tools, bicycles, musical instruments, sporting equipment, weapons, appliances, watches—anything else with a serial number.
Most people never write down the serial number from their personal devices, which means it's rare to ever see such objects again, even if police do eventually find them.
"Officers often recover lost or stolen property that we know is valuable to the rightful owner, but if that owner can't be found, it's frustrating to both officers and property owners," Capt. Scott Mulcahy of the Boise Police Criminal Investigation Division said in a news release. "We hope this a good option for all of us to solve that problem."
Mulcahy said he hopes people will register their property, so when an item goes missing, officers can recover it before "the owner even knows it's gone."
Officers from the Property Crimes Unit will soon be visiting neighborhoods with information for residents considering TrackMole.