No one wants to be the victim of any crime; it’s scary. We feel violated, blindsided and fearful. What about the other side of the coin though? What happens when we catch the perpetrator - whether it’s purposeful or by accident?
When it comes to theft, there is an array of instances that leave the criminal exposed and unsuccessful. From burglary to shoplifting, catching a thief red-handed is both satisfying and terrifying. Here are some important things to remember if and when you find yourself recovering a stolen item from the hands that took it in the first place.
Use your resources. While justice may seem imperative at the moment, you are (likely) not the authority. Use security, police and other responding parties in order to avoid putting yourself in a situation that is both dangerous and unstable. You never know who you’re dealing with, so using an experienced party is always more ideal than acting alone.
Get the full story. Ever been wrongfully accused? Perhaps it’s possible that you left something behind and someone picked it up to be helpful. Make sure that if and when approaching someone who appears to have an item that you’re missing, you ask before accuse. Assuming can get you into an array of bad situations!
Grow your network. Technology has continuously allowed us to conquer problems in new and unique ways. When it comes to stolen items, things such as Crowd GPS can actually help lead you to your lost item. TrackR has the world’s largest Crowd GPS Network, and any time an active TrackR app user passes by your missing item, you’ll get an updated location sent directly to your phone. Maybe your stolen item has potential to be found afterall!
Think catching someone red handed sounds like something you’d rather watch than actually take part in? Take a look at some of our videos recovering lost or stolen items thanks to TrackR’s Crowd GPS Network, which has proven to successfully land belongings back into the rightful owner’s hands.