SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Every 10 seconds, a home is burglarized. The average homeowner loses more than $1,700 in stolen goods. If you fall victim, however, there's no reason you can't get your stuff back.
The thought of your stuff ending up in a pawn shop can be scary and frustrating, but there is something you can do to protect yourself and your prized possessions.
You may know it's a good idea to do a home inventory and write down what you own in case of a fire or tornado. Being a little more specific can also help catch a burglar and maybe even get your stuff back.
"We're looking at equipment with serial numbers. Anything that has something identifiable can help us," said Cpl. Matt Brown, a spokesman for the Springfield Police Department.