A little preventative maintenence can go a long way ... keep an updated list of the make, model and serial number of your most valued items, as well as any noticeable markings on them. There are many websites on the internet dedicated to home inventory and may be of assistance ... suchg as What You Own . org or Know Your Stuff . org. Both are free, downloadable programs that will help you inventory your home.
If you notice that your items have gone missing, file a police report! We do not deal with the victim directly when it comes to recovering stolen posessions and we also do not release any personal information about the person who pawned/sold the item, even if we are given a name (family or otherwise).
We do our part by gathering information on each item and on the person pawning it, that comes through our pawn room. This gets sent to the police department once a week and they review this and run it through a national database of reports.
If the item is sold directly to us, it will be held for at least 30 days and if the item is pawned (and no payments made on it whatsoever) then it will be held for 90 days.
Check online classified websites like Craigslist for the potential sale of your item.