Video games are popular with teens and burglars, and the criminals have been working overtime lately to get their hands on them.
Police will tell you that professional burglars go after jewelry and other high priced items that they can turn around and sell for quick cash.
They suspect that the burglars that are breaking in and stealing gaming systems are teens or young adults who are probably acquainted with the victims.
The best way to keep a crook from stealing your Xbox, Playstation or Wii is to take steps to secure your home from burglars. The second thing to do is to make sure you've saved the serial number from your gaming console.
If your system gets stolen, give police the serial number and they can plug that into a nationwide crime information database. If cops recover stolen stuff, the first thing they'll do is check the serial numbers with the database. If yours is in the computer, they can easily contact you and return your stuff.
No one expects to have their home burglarized, so most people don't take the time to write down their Xbox serial number. But it only takes a minute to write down the number and it could save you hundreds of dollars and lots of frustration if you're the victim of burglars.
And while you're at it, it wouldn't hurt to make a list or even take some pictures of your other valuables to keep a record of them as well.