Of the 211 cases of stolen personal property reported to the Fort Campbell Military Police-Provost Marshal’s Office in 2018, investigators have been able to recover property from 10 cases, said Investigator Houston Kirk, noncommissioned officer in charge of investigations with Fort Campbell Military Police Investigation Section.
To improve the 5 percent recovery rate, Kirk encourages all Fort Campbell residents to complete Fort Campbell Form 4986, a Personal Property Record, or high-value items sheet. Residents will fill out the form with an in-depth description of their valuable items and most importantly, the item’s serial numbers, Kirk said.
To download the form, access the Fort Campbell intranet homepage. Those who cannot access the intranet can get a copy at the Fort Campbell Military Police-Provost Marshal’s Office, 6254 Desert Storm Ave.
High-value items are anything worth more than $50. These are items such as phones, televisions, cameras, computers and gaming systems. Serial numbers can be found on the back or bottom of most valuable items.
“If you are willing to pay the money for these valuable items, why not take a minute to write down the serial numbers and other important information about them,” Kirk said.
Reporting stolen items
Fort Campbell residents can call 911 to report stolen items.
“As soon as you report something stolen, someone is going to come out and talk to you,” Kirk said. “We are going to ask you about the last time you saw the stolen item. We also are going to ask for a description of the item and its serial number. Finally, we are going to ask you who might have stolen from you. Those are the basic questions and those give us the grounds to start working.”
Reports also can be made in-person by visiting the office.
“The more information people can provide to us … things will go a lot smoother and we will be able to get started more quickly,” he said.
Serial numbers are the easiest way to ensure recovery of stolen items, Kirk said.
Investigators use a system to search for stolen items at pawn shops nationwide by using serial numbers and other forms of identification, he said.
“If someone has something stolen and they have a strong description of their property, we can search for that,” Kirk said. “If they say a person stole something from them, but they don’t have any other information. We can run that person’s name in the system and find out what they pawned, how often they visit pawn shops and which shops they go to.”
Although some people choose not to report cases of stolen property, Kirk encourages everyone to file reports because it helps the investigation team track trends on post.
“We don’t just look at the crimes, we also look at where they are happening and when. All of this information helps us,” he said.
For more information, call 270-956-4900.