With the holiday season in full swing, the La Mesa Police Department has issued a few tips on protecting those valuable gifts that might be given or received.
For starters, police suggest people keep accurate records of their valuables by saving receipts and writing down serial numbers pertaining to their prized possessions.
Police also recommend people go through their home and make a list of items that are most likely to get stolen, including electronics, computers, jewelry, musical instruments and bicycles. Taking photos of each item might also be helpful.
Consumers are urged to refrain from storing the information about their valuables on their computer, as that may also get stolen during a home burglary.
Police said stolen items found in pawn shops or at a burglary suspect’s home are difficult to identify and return to the rightful owners without proper records or serial numbers, so it’s best to document valuables early and often.
Another precaution is to install a GPS-style tracking system on computers and iPads, which could assist police in finding electronics if they’re ever stolen.