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your property and help Police fight crime - SNAP
2 July 2008
Every year many New Zealanders are affected by burglary. Not only do they
treasured possessions, but are also often left feeling that they have
been invaded and
their own personal security threatened.
The sad thing is that many burglars get away with it because the police
are unable to
match property they suspect is stolen, with an actual burglary. This is
because in the
majority of cases they are given a description of what has been stolen,
but no serial
numbers to match with the stolen items.
SNAP (Serial Number Action Project) is a crime prevention initiative developed
the New Zealand Police and the Insurance Council of New Zealand. It is
disrupt the flow of stolen goods and ultimately reduce your chances of
being burgled in
You can take action by recording your appliance serial numbers on the
SNAP form (40 kB PDF).
The way SNAP works is simple:
You may also wish to record photographic evidence of your most valuable
- Record your property serial number on the form.
- Store this copy in a secure place in your home. Take some care
to ensure that it is secure, because it could become a shopping list for burglars if you mislay
- As additional security, you may wish to keep a duplicate copy
with a relative or trusted friend..
- If a burglary occurs, you should supply a copy of your form to
- The police will use this information to identify your property
and to help catch the offenders.
- A copy of the form can also be given to your insurer to assist
with the processing of your claim.
to further assist the police with their identification and recovery in
the event of a burglary.
We encourage you urgently to complete the SNAP form with the serial number
identification marks of your main treasured possessions. In doing so,
you are doing your
bit to help the New Zealand Police and contributing to the community effort
Insurance Council of New Zealand