The tenth tip of our ‘The 12 Security Tips of Christmas’…
“Use a UV pen to mark any valuables so if the worse does happen it may help to make recovery easier.”
A burglary info-graphic from Tesco Compare showed that the top 5 most stolen items included…
- Mobile Phones (6%)
- Jewellery and Watches (11%)
- Cameras and MP3 Players (13%)
- Laptops (15%)
- Money (17%)
Marking your valuables will usually deter thieves from stealing them as an item that is clearly marked will be more difficult for a thief to sell and will often reduce the items value (Devon and Cornwall police). It also helps to increase the chance of your property being identified if the worse did happen and it was either lost or stolen.
Norfolk Constabulary recommends the following ways to effectively mark your property:
- Electronic marking – Use property register website Immobilise (https://www.immobilise.com/index.php) to electronically register your valuables details. This helps Police Forces across the UK to identify the owner of any lost or stolen items.
- UV pen marking – Use a UV pen (invisible to the naked eye) to mark your valuables ideally write your postcode, house number or house name. Usually stickers are supplied with any UV pens which indicate that the valuables are marked; these can deter a burglar from stealing your property in the first place.
- Photography – Taking detailed photos of your valuables will help to prove they are yours if they are stolen.
- Permanent Marker Pen/Paint – This is recommended for marking large items such as machinery, garden equipment and tools.
- Postcode Stencil – This is literally a stencil of your postcode, which is applied with paste and etches your details onto your valuables.
- DNA Technology – There are several products available that use DNA technology to mark valuables. They contain microdots with unique reference numbers that are linked to your home. These are detected with a UV light and the information is then obtained from the microdots.
- Inventories – Inventory all of your valuable items either by listing them, taking photographs or videos.