According to the FBI, there were over 8.6 million property crime incidents in the USA in 2013. Stolen property is typically targeted for resale to a ‘fence’. Traditional fences such as pawn shops have given way to more modern fences:
- e-commerce and auction sites such as eBay, Amazon, and Alibaba
- free classifieds sites such as Craigslist
- an overseas purchaser privately arranged and shipped by sea container
Harmari addresses this problem by archiving content and ensuring that property crime investigators can get to evidence before it disappears from the Internet.