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Stole Me takes aim at the black market

Stole Me takes aim at the black market
Reuniting victims of theft with their stolen property is the aim of a new Kiwi initiative, Stole Me.

Reuniting victims of theft with their stolen property is the aim of a new Kiwi initiative, Stole Me.

New website stoleme.co.nz launched yesterday as a non-commercial national register of stolen goods.

It allows people to advertise their stolen items online by uploading photos and descriptions, as well as enabling them to check the origin of secondhand merchandise they may be interested in buying.

Listings are free, as is membership and searching of the database.

Police and insurers have welcomed the news.

Insurance Council of New Zealand spokesman, Terry Jordan, said Stole Me was another weapon in the crime fighting arsenal.

It neatly dovetails with other police online databases such as the stolen vehicle database, the stolen boat database, and the SNAP database initiative where people can record the serial numbers, photographs and descriptions of their property.

Stole Me business development manager Angela Thomas told the Herald the website was inspired by a Bay of Plenty couple who found reaching out to the public proved difficult after their boat was stolen a year ago.