A Bay of Plenty couple are the brains behind a new website listing stolen property online.
The website www.stoleme.co.nz was officially launched this week and has the backing of New Zealand Police.
However, the website is currently experiencing some problems and spokesperson Angela Thomas says it works for some people and not for others.
“It has something to do with the anti-virus software some people have. Our IT people are working to find a way around this problem.”
She advises people to keep trying the website until they are able to access it.
The website allows people to list their stolen property with a photo and detailed description while allowing potential buyers to check if any goods may be stolen.
The website was set up by a Rotorua couple whose boat was stolen last year.
National crime prevention manager Superintendent Bruce Bird says the website is a non-commercial enterprise and fits in well with the police online stolen vehicle and stolen boat databases.
“Our stolen vehicle database was launched earlier this year and it’s been extremely well received by the public with over 260,000 stolen vehicle searches.
“I’m sure the online community will welcome the service Stole Me provides.”
The public and businesses are able to list their lost or stolen items to increase visibility, prevent re-sale, and ultimately aid recovery of the items.
It can also be used by prospective buyers or traders of second hand goods, to reduce the risk of buying or trading stolen goods.
The website also has the support of the Crime Prevention Partnership Forum, a collaborative partnership between police and business, working together to prevent and disrupt crime.
A link to the Stole Me site is on the police website www.police.govt.nz