Being in the media I learn some interesting things now and then.
Today I found out that should a person get anything stolen from them and it's recovered by the police.. it's tough to prove it belongs to them. It may even be given back to the thief who stole if from you by the police themselves.
Say for instance someone breaks into my home and steals a NAD amp from me. I have the receipt and can prove it's mine, right??? Not exactly. The receipt only proves how much I paid for it and when. It does not prove it belongs to me.
So you're saying ok Mr. smartass, why would the police not believe the NAD amp is mine? Without the serial number of the amp, the police will not release it to me. (At least where I live, your local authorities may have different policies).
Here is the part that pissed me off.
Say for instance you have a "smart" thief, (I know oxymoron). Said thief decides to write down on paper and keep the serial numbers of all stuff he's stolen, including my NAD amp.
If no one claims and can PROVE that NAD amp is mine after 45 days.. if the "smart" thief with your serial numbers has the serial numbers in his posession, the police will release it to him. Because he has "proof" with the correct serial number that he is the owner of my NAD amp.. and I'm screwed.
It's a loophole in the law.. and it SUCKS! Sucks that a thief could steal something from me, get caught, do time or not, and in the end if he was smart enough to write down serial numbers of stolen loot, could in the end still end up with the stolen stereo gear legally.
So keep serial numbers and photographs of all your valuables. I admit I don't do a good job of it. I will now though.