Trace to continue to provide free public access to the FBI Stolen Articles File

Stolen goods

14th November 2014

Recipero's NCIC checking service continues to impact crime by making it harder for criminals to profit from stolen goods. Record corporate participation in our CheckMEND service has prevented over $20m worth of stolen goods from being traded this year to date.

The recent launch of our unique Law Enforcement Agency tool at brings the convenience of accessing NCIC records alongside Recipero's unmatched database of device intelligence to the law enforcement community. The availability of this service will increase the repatriation of property recovered by police and help to drive down crime further by making the attempted trade of stolen goods more visible to police than ever before.

Even if you're not currently buying a used device so have no need to check the NCIC status, you can benefit from Recipero's crime reduction ecosystem simply by voluntarily registering your details and posessionss at In the unfortunate event that you are the victim of loss or theft, registration gives you the best possible chance of being contacted if your missing property comes into the hands of police.

Trace to continue to provide free public access to the FBI Stolen Articles File

Stolen goods

6th May 2011

Trace is pleased to announce that the Criminal Justice Information Services sub-committee that controls access to the FBI Stolen Articles file on the NCIC database has unanimously agreed that the arrangement to supply the information to the Trace service operated by Recipero should be made permanent and will recommend this to the full committee at its next meeting.

Les Gray, Recipero IT Director who attended the meeting in St Louis Missouri along with Ken Bouche, Recipero's USA law enforcement liaison said:

"We are delighted that the FBI can see the value of providing this data to allow the public to check if an item they are buying is recorded as stolen with them. It helps enormously to cut down the markets for the disposal of stolen goods including online auction and classified sites. The moral here is if you are buying used goods check them with us first and if you are selling stolen goods beware as you may well be caught out."

Notes for readers: The NCIC file is a file of stolen property that is contributed to by all the USA law enforcement agencies. Recipero receives a copy of the entries that have the make model and serial number of the stolen item along with the name of the originating agency. This allows Recipero to operate the FREE USA Trace system at and also to search the information in their CheckMEND life history report service.

Boston and Texas Police recommend Trace

Stolen goods

27th July 2010

Boston Police Department and University of North Texas University Police Department are both promoting Trace to their citizens as a useful tool to avoid buying stolen goods and also to support crime reports.

To view what they have to say please use the following links:

Boston Police Department »
North Texas University Police Department. »

New improved Trace site launched

Developers at work

23rd July 2010

Trace America's biggest database of stolen goods today (20th July 2010) launched a new website making it easier for citizens, law enforcement and the second-hand trade to search the system. The new site includes totally new search functionality and presents the results in a much more efficient way as well as streamlining registration for all users.

Adrian Portlock CEO of Recipero who recently took over the running of Trace said �This is the first stage of improving the service to the American citizen to allow them to run free due-diligence on any item they may be buying, this includes purchases from second-hand stores as well of course from online auction and classified websites.

In the very near future we will be releasing further functionality upgrades to provide
a bespoke interface with the Trace data for law enforcement and the second-hand
trade and pawnbrokers.

New website address


22nd July 2010

The website address for Trace has now been updated to For the time being the previous address will take you to the new address automatically however we recommend all users update any bookmarks at their earliest opportunity to:

The use of coincides with the launch of the new updated Trace website that comprises of an improved database and system architecture. While still offering US Citizens and law-enforcement agencies free checks against item of property.

Operation of Trace taken over by Recipero

Creating synergies

9th December 2009

The operation of the Trace system has been taken over by Recipero one of the world's largest data collection and due-diligence service providers...

The Trace service will continue providing free access to law enforcement and citizens to the largest database of stolen goods in America alongside Recipero's other services that include the Police NMPR service and CheckMEND, the due-diligence service that provides a life history report, and online transaction submission for traders.

Based in the UK Recipero was incorporated in 2000 and has grown into one of the most respected data collection companies used by government organisations, law enforcement, mobile phone networks, retailers, recyclers, the second-hand trade, insurers and consumers.

For more details please see

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