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Property marking

Alert message sent 17/05/2018 10:13:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Marking and registering your property
Marking your property is one of the most simple and effective ways of protecting your possessions.

For a start, property marking puts burglars off because it lets others know that the item has been stolen, making it much more difficult to sell on. The other big advantage is that it makes tracing and returning your stolen property a lot easier for police.
There are two main types of property marking: the first is known as permanent marking, when you etch your property with your house number and postcode.

Invisible marking is the other method of property marking. This is best for antiques or valuable property that would lose value if spoiled by permanent marking. Most if not all Police Forces now check stolen property with an ultra-violet lamp, so any UV mark can be located. In the past many people have used UV pens as an inexpensive way of marking property, but it is important to remember that UV pen marking fades and will need to be renewed regularly.
Although almost invisible to the naked eye, this type of marking still works as an excellent deterrent to burglars.
When it comes to deciding which items to mark, you should try and mark everything that you would not want to be stolen. The truth is almost anything can be a target for theft, so why not mark everything?

It's worth keeping a property list or inventory of all the valuable items you mark, especially if using invisible marking. Use the form attached for your records.

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Abigail Newall (Police, PC, Cherwe)

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