Using technology to catch a crook

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — On Friday, representatives from towns all over southern Connecticut came together to train on a program called LeadsOnline. LeadsOnLine supports law enforcement agencies all across the country by helping them solve crimes. It began in Texas back in 2000 and can now be found in 3,600 communities.

New Haven was the first city to use Leads here in Connecticut. For the past four years, New Haven has seen a steady decline in the number of burglaries and robberies and the hope is Leads will help them continue that trend.

“Those crimes are serial crimes. By that I mean the same people do them time and time again until we catch them. This is gonna allow is to interrupt their activities much sooner,” said Assistant Chief Achilles Generoso of the New Haven Police Department.

Leads works by requiring that pawn shops, precious metal dealers and scrap dealers register all items sold to them everyday in their system. Through this, all participating towns and cities can easily access serial numbers and information on items that may be stolen.

LeadsOnLine also helps residents keep track of their personal property, as well. If you live in a town or city that participates in the program you can upload photos, serial numbers, and information about valuable personal property into a cloud.

“Should they become a victim of theft of a burglary they’ll be able to take that right down from the cloud, send it to their local police department and we’ll be able to register with LeadsOnLine immediately,” said Asst. Chief Generoso.

The hope is more departments will sign up and make tracking and catching criminals a smoother and faster process.

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