Roseville has come up with a very smart way to help victims of theft recover their property, as reported by the Sacramento Bee.

An excerpt.

A battery pack, Epson projector and Toshiba laptop are displayed on a new website the city of Roseville launched last week.

This isn’t a marketplace for surplus city goods – it’s a pilot program by the Police Department to match stolen or missing property to the rightful owner.

The new Roseville police website resembles a typical e-commerce marketplace, featuring a small photo and description of each item. What’s missing is a price. Instead, residents can click “claim this item” to contact the department.

After that, residents will need to produce a police report, serial numbers or some other proof of ownership before the department will release the property.

Roseville police collect about 1,600 pieces of property a month, according to the department. Most of it is evidence and quickly claimed by the owner. But some pieces – like the 32-inch flat-screen television and the blue mountain bike currently on the website – can sit for months without anyone coming forward.

Listing the items online will give the public easier access to the city’s inventory of lost or stolen items because most people have no idea which jurisdiction to call, said Scott Koll, supervisor for the property and evidence section of the Roseville Police Department

The city’s website is located at http://www.roseville.ca.us/recoveredproperty

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