Grand Island, NE-- Grand Island is seeing a rise in robberies this year, but according to police, burglars are taking only a few items from each home.
Electronics, jewelry, guns. If any items like these are visible to a burglar, that's what they will take.
Grand Island has seen a 61 percent rise in burglary and theft in just a year. But authorities say most burglaries are not resulting in an entire home being emptied, just the loss of the most expensive possessions.
According to Grand Island Police, there isn't a common item burglars are looking for. Just anything valuable that can easily be taken.
"Something simple like a smash and grab where they can just quickly grab something and leave, they're not there very long that way their chances are minimal of being seen. When it's one or two people and they're only taking a handful of things and leaving, granted the victim's not out all that much, but it makes it difficult for us to be able to identify who all these individuals are when there's the numbers that we are currently seeing," said Grand Island Police Captain, Dean Elliot.
Authorities say, in a preventative measure, keep your doors locked. Don't make it easier for burglars.
The rise in burglaries of small, valuable items have lead police to ask the public to document specifics of their possessions. Then the police have a better chance in finding the valuables.
"You can then provide to the police the make, model, and serial number of that particular item, the value of the item, plus you can use that for insurance purposes at a later date and time if insurance comes through and you're filing a claim then you have some documentation as to what was stolen," said Captain Elliot.
If the police have the information, they can use a nationwide service used by almost 30,000 stores to track sold items.
Authorities recommend a website service called ReportIt to keep track of the important individual descriptions.
"For us, your Toro Lawn Mower looks like mine, the only thing that changes it would be the serial number and without that, it's pretty tough," said Butch Hurst, a Grand Island Crime Prevention Officer.
Police ask that everyone use a system like ReportIt to track their belongings, especially because it is so easy to use.
"Anybody can use it. The very first time, it asks you for your e-mail address. You pick out your own password and then you enter your items one at a time up until 25," said Officer Hurst.
If the police do not have the serial numbers, there is no way to identify the owners of stolen items.
"It's difficult for us to identify property when we come across it. We come across property daily that we can't identify who it belongs to," said Captain Elliot.
To get to the ReportIt website, click the link below.