The Investigative Process

What We Do

  • All serial numbered items are compared with pawn shop databases.

  • Very valuable items or those connected with more serious crimes are entered into a state computer.

  • Teletypes from other agencies are checked daily; Teletypes are sent to other agencies for suspect or item information.

  • Comparisons are done with similar cases both internally and through communication with outside jurisdictions.

  • Fingerprints or photos may be taken at the crime scene.

  • Fingerprints of sufficient clarity are entered into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

  • Fingerprints are also presented to the crime lab for AFIS checks and/or suspect comparison.

  • All arrests are closely checked to determine if the individual arrested could also be responsible for your crime.

  • All property taken into custody by the Ludlow Police Department and other agencies is checked to see if it is yours.

 What You Can Do

  • Obtain serial numbers on all stolen items.

  • Report stolen items as accurately and complete as possible.

  • Advise us of any new information that may be of assistance.

  • Advise us if you discover additional losses after the original reports.

  • Keep us informed of any changes in your address or phone number. We cannot return your property or prosecute the offender without you. 


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Last modified: December 24, 2009