Crime Prevention: Property Inventories

In addition to making our homes less attractive to criminals, other means exist to help protect our belongings.

With the holidays behind us, now might be a good time to add our newly acquired gifts to our home inventory or, in many cases, create a home inventory.

A good start for your inventory would include jewelry, electronics, tools and firearms. Of course, you can add any other valuables you choose.

Your inventory should have a detailed description of the items including, at a minimum, the brand name, model number, serial number and value. The more detailed the description - including any unique characteristics - the better off you are. Along with a description, photos or videos of your belongings are also very useful.

Several options exist for recording your inventory: a spreadsheet computer program, a tablet or cellphone app or simply pen and paper. How you record your inventory is up to you; just remember to keep a copy of it in a safe location.

If any of your belongings are stolen during a burglary or theft or damaged in a fire or other disaster, your inventory will come in handy when giving a description to the investigating officer or your insurance company. It's much easier to refer to your inventory than to try to recall everything from memory when emotions are high.

A sample inventory form is available for download at the Victoria PD website, victoriapd.com.

For more information, contact Crime Prevention Officer J.T. Turner, Crime Prevention Unit, at 361-485-3808.