Business Watch International (BWI), in consultation with police services and insurance providers from across Canada and the USA, have developed a computerized property registry. BWI HomeWatch is an international real-time Internet-based database that homeowners, businesses and institutions use to enter their identifiable property such as bicycles, jewelry, antiques and any other items that you want to monitor and protect. This may include property at the point of sale, rental items or conditional sales arrangements.
Through a series of pull-down menus containing classes and subclasses of property, BWI HomeWatch categorizes your items into searchable fields such as office furniture, computer components, children’s toys, electronics, home appliances, etc. The database helps to facilitates the return and investigation of stolen property. It also serves as an inventory list (off-site storage) in the event of a fire or catastrophic event.
Utilizing a secure on-line Internet program, the property owner enters serial numbers (provided by the factory or your personal previously engraved numbers). BWI HomeWatch also generates serial numbers that can be engraved on items. These serial numbers are then entered and stored in a centralized database using security equal to or greater than that of the banking industry.
Recovery of stolen property depends upon law enforcement's ability to identify the rightful owner. 98% of property stolen is never returned to the rightful owner. There has been a rapid increase in the volume of unidentified property making its way onto the street, in garage sales or flea markets, and in secondhand goods businesses. It is a matter of supply and demand. BWI HomeWatch reduces the potential for the traffic in stolen property by reducing the supply of unidentifiable assets. Criminals are not interested in property that is hard to dispose of as it may reveal their identity.
BWI HomeWatch assists police officers in identifying suspects and recovering property faster and with more consistency. All records are kept confidential and only police services monitor the use of the database.
BWI HomeWatch replaces crime prevention programs such as Operation Provident and Operation Identification.
Is it totally safe to record my valuables on the BWI HomeWatch Database?
Absolutely! Privacy and security are two of BWI's guarantees. The information is stored in a secured computer environment provided by SaskTel, a leading North American Telecommunications provider. The web server and the database server are both housed in a secured data center with 24 hours monitoring and restricted access. All communication between your browser and the BWI HomeWatch servers is done over an encrypted channel using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption (128 bits) to prevent eavesdropping. All BWI personnel have received a thorough background check and access to the database is limited to authorized BWI personnel only.
How do I sign-up for BWI HomeWatch?
Use the BWI HomeWatch on-line registration form to gain access to the BWI HomeWatch website and begin entering items.
What does BWI HomeWatch cost?
BWI HomeWatch is currently available at no cost for limited time.
If you still have questions or comments, please feel free to E-mail us or give us a phone call at 1-877-404-3368.