Inventory lists help protect against the worst

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Now that the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday is over, it’s time to make another kind of list and check it twice. A property inventory list of all those new presents – and their serial numbers – as insurance against the worst.

Rocky Mount police are reminding residents to keep multiple copies of such records in different locations. In the event of fire, theft or disaster, multiple lists with all the current and correct information – along with photographs for good measure – will make things easier when it comes to dealing with insurance and recovering stolen property.

Electronics and jewelry are popular targets of theft, Rocky Mount police Cpl. Mike Lewis told Telegram staff writer Brie Handgraaf. For items that do not have a serial number, engraving other identifying information such as a driver’s license number can help with the speedy return of items. Jewelry stores can even engrave items with a mark that can be seen only with a microscope so as to not ruin the appearance of a lovely new gift.

Those who don’t have access to the proper tools can borrow an engraver from Rocky Mount police Community Services Supervisor Yvette Jones. She can be reached during normal business hours at 972-1436.

Those who want more tips or ideas about how to safeguard and inventory their possessions can call the Rocky Mount Police Department at its non-emergency number at 972-1411.