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About

Mission Statement  

Our mission is to help reduce the amount of personal property that is lost or stolen each year. We created a free website database for every member of the public to create an account and register their property at no cost. A place to securely and safely record serial numbers of all their prized items, cell phones, tablets, computers, jewelry, bikes and even the beloved dog's microchip. Anything with a serial number can be registered. So if the worst should happen, you have the right information for police and your insurance company. 

On the flip side of our database, we created a search capability for local law enforcement. Should an officer find a piece of property, by being able to search the identifiable number, the officer can help get that item back to you, as well as potentially prosecute the person who took it. 

Unfortunately the truth is, registering your property doesn't guarantee it's return. But doing nothing guarantee's it wont. We have made this data base as a 100% free forever website, to you the general public. We will never charge a subscription fee, promise! 

About Us

Two current serving police officers from the State of Colorado were frustrated with finding property both lost and stolen and it not having a registered owner. Even property we were 99% sure was stolen, we had no way to prove it was stolen because we didn't have a victim. The property was either given back to the thief, or at most seized only to sit in found property lockers for months on end, ultimately being sold at public auction to the highest bidder. This is unacceptable. We initially thought of simply utilizing a spreadsheet to store data locally, but quickly realized we needed something more powerful. Something us and our colleagues could easily access out on the street. The model quickly grew from locally-focused to a nationally-based system to enable everyone the ability to benefit from it. 

What is Register My Devices Inc?

We are passionate about being police officers, that's why we do it. We have no interest in starting a money making venture. We want everyone across the country to participate in this database. We want law enforcement to be able to return your valuables to you, quickly and easily. We want offenders to think twice before taking your item, knowing it will be identified and they will have to face the consequences. 

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Why we need your help and what will your donation be spent on?

Starting a business, non-profit or otherwise, is not simple and comes with a cost. We have invested a large amount of our own personal finances to get to this stage. We have a website (almost complete) and working database. We have filed for non-profit incorporation and all the other technical aspects of starting a business. 

We need donations large and small to complete the website and its back-end search functions. It is a whole lot more than a fancy website. Your donations will help complete the working aspects, the free account database, and the search function for officers. The SSL bank grade encryption to keep your details safe. The vetting of law enforcement to make sure only the correct people have access. Your kind donation will also include promotion and distribution. This includes online and in print. 

When we launch we won't be specific to a city or state, this is a national database with national coverage. To make this work, we need the public on board. Join us for free, register your items, help reduce national theft and get your property back.

Remember - This is a 100% free customer website and database. We will never charge you a dime to register you property. Your information is safe and will never be shared, sold or given away.

If it's free, how do we pay to keep the lights on?

Well we've attempted to make this site 99.9% automated. The public register and manage their own property on the database. Yes we offer support, but that's easy, to respond to emails and tweets. The financial support needed to keep the website domain registered, the SSL security, the property moderation, social media and promotion is all done from donations and law enforcement agencies.

You see, you local police department and sheriff's office will see the benefit this database offers. How the officers and deputies on the street can search the database and return your items. At the minute, most departments use a manual Excel spreadsheet, accessible only back at the department and only during business hours. We have asked departments contribute a tiny fee per month/year to have ongoing access and support. That's how the lights stay on.

An Few Facts For Thought 

  • According to the FBI, 1.5 Million bicycles are stolen in the US EACH YEAR! 
  • According to the National Research Center, 3.1 Million Cell Phones were stolen in 2013, and 1.4 Million were lost in the US.
  • According to the Bureau of Justice, 1.4 Million Firearms were also stolen in the US between 2005 and 2010.
  • 97% of stolen Laptops/PC's are never recovered (FBI).
  • Property crime in the US, in 2015 resulted in losses estimated at $14.3 billion (FBI)

Other Ways You Can Help

If you are unable to contribute financially, please help me by spreading the word! Share the campaign with your friends, family on social media and let people know that we want to help. Search us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out our website: www.registermydevices.org 

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/registerdevices 

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/registermydevices

 

 

Risks and challenges

Q: What are the risks and challenges that come with completing your project, and how are you qualified to overcome them?

A: Registration of property is only as good as the quality of information that’s added to the database. So it’s important that citizens accurately enter the details, specifically the serial number and their contact details correctly. It’s also important that citizens update their contact information if that changes in the future, in case their property is lost or stolen and later recovered by law enforcement we need to ensure they can be reached so the property can be returned.

Q: Every project could potentially encounter unexpected obstacles (we hope it doesn’t come up, but it happens!). What unique challenges might you face after your project is successfully funded? How would you tackle them?

A: Mainly, the challenge will be in marketing the website to spread the word. Because we’ve made it 100% free for the public to use we hope to quickly gain widespread use. We intend to market the site direct to the public via social media, press releases, and more. Another challenge will be to gain the acceptance and widespread use of law enforcement agencies; however, because the founders are both currently active police officers with a combined 25+ years of law enforcement experience, we feel we already have a foot in the door, with an established trust and credibility and could more readily accomplish this. Once an agency signs up, we will provide the agency with marketing information and materials where they will essentially be marketing to their own communities for us.

In addition, there are just a few property registration websites that currently exist; however, they are focused on only one niche, that being bicycles. We differ greatly from those websites because we allow registration of ANY property that has a serial number, everything from a bicycle to a cell phone and much more, ensuring we exclude no one. Also, most of the existing bicycle registration sites charge a fee to the public to register their bicycle. Our opinion is that charging a fee to the public excludes the majority of people who otherwise would have used the service, and everyone needs this service. We on the other hand are providing this as a free service to the public because our goal is to get as many people using the service as possible. Another advantage we will have, that these other existing websites do not, is that by us partnering with law enforcement agencies across the US, and providing officers with real-time search capabilities and direct access to owner information in the field, this will substantially increase the chances of lost/stolen property being returned to the owner, quickly.

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