Before you buy on-line check CPIC

November 18, 2016

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A free on-line tool available to the public is being promoted by the Huron County Ontario Provincial Police Detachment (OPP) as a way to keep stolen property out of the hands of innocent victims. 

At this point, itís not well known, but the public now has limited access to the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database to see if a motor vehicle or any other piece of property has been reported stolen.

 With the increasing popularity of on-line auction sites and public trade websites such as Kijiji, E-bay, and other on-line classified groups, police are often asked to query serial numbers of second-hand items that have been purchased or are about to be purchased.

Now, any member of the public can simply access the CPIC property site and complete their own checks.  Any vehicle with a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is searchable.  This includes cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, motorcycles, snowmobiles, farm vehicles, trailers and ATVs. 

Outside of vehicles, the public can search boats by the Hull Identification Number (HIN) or the registration number.  Firearms and other items are also searchable by their serial number. Vehicle data is updated daily while property information is updated on a weekly basis.

So, the next time you are buying a used bicycle or stereo system it would be advisable to take a couple minutes and check on-line before you hand over your cash. 

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Should you complete a check and get a message that the item is stolen please give your nearest police agency a call where they can provide you with further assistance. The following link will take you to the public CPIC search for stolen property:  

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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