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Is there a serial number database for stolen goods?

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Serial number databases for stolen goods include Trace, Stolen Register and Stolen Lost Found Online, according to their websites. Each database allows people who have had property stolen to look for their property. In addition, those buying used items can research to learn whether they are buying stolen property.

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Trace claims to be the largest stolen property database in the United States, notes its website. It contains millions of stolen item serial numbers reported to law enforcement agencies and is free to use. Stolen Register, which links to Facebook, is a worldwide registry of stolen items; users can search for photos as well as serial numbers, explains its website. Stolen Lost Found Online lets those who have had property stolen enter the serial numbers of their missing property in hopes the property is recovered, reports its website.

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