Stolen equipment database for the public?
Why don’t all of the oem Survey Equipment companies have an online database to check if used equipment is stolen? The method of “ask the dealer” isn’t workable, considering we are asking someone to assist on a sale that they aren’t making. Obviously there is no perfect system, but one that allowed victims of theft to list stolen items managed by the major Brands - accessible online?
@Wendell maybe this is an opportunity?
I suspect this need will go unmet, until it's met.
Yeah, I really like this idea, and thinking the best way to start would be with a registry. You register your equipment and you can mark it as stolen, if that happens. You could register when it is stolen, or you could register when you purchase it. Serial numbers would be collected into the database, but NOT SHOWN to anyone (except you). But, people could search for a specific serial number and see if there are any results without us showing the actual serial number.
Down the road a bit, after getting some registry items in there, I could likely provide a system of reports, which might actually help you with an insurance claim. You'd be able to show when it was registered here and all of the details.
What information about the equipment would you think appropriate to store in a private database? As of right now, I'm thinking:
- Equipment title (what YOU call it)
- Model number
- Serial number
- Date of purchase
- Purchased new or used
- Owner contact details (name, company, address, etc.)
- Equipment location (i.e. if you have multiple office locations)
- Notes and comments
The serial numbers would ONLY be available to the owners that register the equipment. The only way you'd be able to determine a match would be if you had a specific serial number to search for, and we'd show you if there were any matches without divulging any personal information. You could then potentially contact that person.
Does this sound like a neato idea?
Sounds like a good idea but a thought. There are many different ways to call a rose. If there is a way to standardise naming convention then it would be easier to identify should the need arises.
On a side note: it may be interesting to see where the stolen equipment travels to to be sold later.
it may be interesting to see where the stolen equipment travels to to be sold later.
By all means, add a comment field for investigation progress, recovery, insurance settlement, etc.