All you need is a screwdriver to remove a license plate, yet the simple strategy of linking your licence plate number to your vehicle identification number (VIN) on a database, is an extremely powerful law enforcement tool that leads to the recovery of 60% of stolen vehicles.
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A license plate number recorded on a private database

Most mass produced items have a serial number (S/N) that is similar to a vehicle identification number (VIN). By affixing a unique identification number (UIN) to those valuables and registering the serial numbers on a private database, you now have at your fingertips the same kind of tool the police use to recover stolen cars.
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All you have to do is file a police report.

If you are ever the victim of a crime, it is important to file a police report that includes the make, model, serial number and unique identification number (UIN). All of this information is contained is in your password-protected database that is accessible globally.
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Good Samaritans can easily return lost items

We have all found lost valuables at one time or another. We have also felt the desire to reunite these items with their legal owner. In the age of the internet, the unique identification number (UIN) affixed to the lost item will provide a website and a method to send an anonymous email to the rightful owner.
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