Now Christmas and the January sales have passed it is time to safeguard your new possessions from criminals.
These tips will reduce the likelihood of you being a victim of crime and increase the likelihood of your property being returned to you if it is stolen.
- Don’t leave empty card boxes outside your house, back or front, in a way that advertises any new items you have received as presents or purchased. Put out for recycling in the normal way or take to the tip.
- Mark your property. You can purchase Smartwater kits, at greatly discounted prices from your local Neighbourhood Watch area association or from Nuneaton & Bedworth NWA (contact Brian Lowe on 02476350131). Using a permanent UV pen to post code items is an alternative but less effective method.
- Create a FREE private and secure portfolio of all your personal property at www.immobilise.com
- The ‘Immobilise’ database is an on-line property search, used by the police service to search for any identifiable item of property. Once a phone or other piece of electrical equipment is registered, officers can use it to look up its IMEI number or unique registration number, view the registered owner’s details, find out if it has been reported stolen to the police anywhere in the UK, and in the case of a mobile phone, which network it is on. All this means that you improve your chances of getting your phone back if it is lost or stolen.
- Mobile phones, laptop computers, MP3 and MP4 players and sat nav systems are the most commonly stolen items. Unless they are registered in a manner such as SmartWater or Immobilise, they are unlikely likely to be returned to their owners if found.
- Take photographs of valuable items as it will help Police in their investigation if the item is stolen.
This leaflet is based on information provided by;
Pete Guillaume, Business Crime Watch Manager, Warwickshire Police