Marking your property makes ownership clear and deters theft as marked property is more difficult for the thief to offload. Marked property also helps police to identify and return it to the rightful owner.
Property that is most at risk of being stolen is desirable, usually small, has a good re-sale value and is able to be off loaded and sold quickly. Typically, this includes computers, cameras, multi-media devices, satellite navigation devices, mobile phones, power tools and bicycles.
Follow these steps to mark your property:
STEP 1. Mark your property by engraving or microdoting them. Where possible, mark your property with a code on the top right hand rear corner of the item or near to the manufactures serial number. Take a video or photograph of property that can’t be marked, such as jewellery. Go to our checklist for a list of items you should consider marking.
STEP 2. After marking your property, visit your local police station, police beat shopfront or neighbourhood police beat and tell them your code. You can also collect ID warning stickers to place on your engraved items and on your doors or windows to act as a deterrent to would-be intruders.
STEP 3: Keep accurate records. Write an inventory as this will help you make an insurance claim and assist police recover stolen items. List the serial, make and model numbers and keep the original receipts of valuable items and store this information along with any valuation certificates in a safe place.