The UNT Police Department and Trace -- the world's leading online database of lost and stolen valuables -- have launched the nation's first student-oriented crime prevention applicationon Facebook, the hugely popular social networking web site.
The free Trace-Facebook service allows UNT students to register information on Facebook about their property, and then quickly and accurately communicate with friends, fellow students and the UNT Police if the property is lost or stolen.
This UNT Police project will combine the power of Facebook and Trace.com technology to create Facebook's first "Lost and Found," a community-policing tool that encourages UNT students and parents to register students' valuables. Students then use Facebook as a tool to keep information about their valuables, and to report them to campus communities if they are lost and to police if they are stolen.
The Trace online database includes all identifiable property reported stolen to the FBI by more than 500 Texas police agencies. Members of the UNT community and all Texans can access the Trace database free of charge, to:
• Research items before purchasing them, to determine whether or not they are stolen.
• Report recently stolen property to law enforcement.
• Register and create an inventory of their valuable property to dramatically increase chances of recovery and have a ready-made inventory record for insurance purposes.
"Trace and Facebook are offering us a new method to fight theft-related crime," says Richard Deter, UNT police chief. "Having a single database of stolen items that all students can access will help us identify and return stolen property. By partnering with Facebook, which so many students already use, students can proactively catalog their personal property, in case it is ever lost or stolen."