Take a photo of all your expensive possessions, their serial numbers & receipts
Store the photos on Dropbox, Evernote or OneNote (i.e. the cloud/internet) &/or a USB stick or your computer.
If you ever lose something or it’s stolen, knowing the serial & having proof of ownership will greatly help you, the Police & your insurance claim!
OK, so it takes a few minutes every month to do it but it will save you so much time and effort if the worst ever happens!
Also, for mobile phones / tablets etc ensure you right down the IMEI number (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity AKA unique number to your mobile device) as well (dial *#06# and it will display the number!)
Who is likely to look out for your products if they know the full details:
- Pawn Shops or similar
- The Police
- Manufacturers (e.g. Apple)
- The community
- Immobilise Website (free) & Report My Loss (paid)
What is the best way to catalog your items?
- Find a service that is sync’d across the internet. We use Evernote but OneNote would also work.
- Create a Notebook called ‘Serial Numbers’ or similar
- Take multiple pictures of each item + serial number + receipt
- Store each item with easily searchable terms as the title e.g. Apple iPhone 5 64GB – #1232535serialnumber
- Ensure you make a backup of this data every few months/changes. If someone stole your laptop and it had access to Evernote they may delete it / wipe it and you would lose it all.
- Remember to turn on two-factor authentication for Evernote
- Now you’ve done all of that ensure you register the items on the Immobilise Website