Crime Prevention Advice from Essex Police

Jun 29, 2015

Crime Prevention Advice

Marking your possessions makes them less attractive to burglars because they are hard to sell on and too hot to handle.
Every year we recover property worth thousands of pounds but are unable to return it to its rightful owner because it can’t be properly identified. We hope you are never the victim of theft but you can increase the chances of being reunited with any stolen items by registering them on the Immobilise website.
Immobilise helps us identify the owners of recovered property every day. It's completely free and allows you to create a private and secure inventory all your personal property. All you need to do is register on the Immobilise website and list possessions identifiable by a unique reference number like IMEI, serial number, bicycle frame number etc.
Protecting your home against thieves is vital but marking your belongings, especially those with sentimental value, could deter thieves or help us prove they were stolen. Registering them with Immobilise makes it easier for us to identify you as the owner.
How can I mark my property?
There are several ways to mark your belongings and you can buy easy to use kits for each method from DIY stores. Engraving or etching: Use an electric engraving tool to leave a permanent mark on most hard surfaces.

Ultraviolet marking: Use an ultraviolet pen to leave a mark which only becomes visible under a UV lamp. The mark can fade over time so needs to be renewed regularly. Ceramic marking: Use ceramic marking pens to leave a permanent mark on china and glass without cutting or scratching the surface. Electronic marking: Modern televisions allow you to record your details electronically and prevent others accessing them with a security code.

Theft From Motor Vehicle Advice

We all do it, walk away from the car and with our back turned to the car press the button on the key to lock it, never thinking that it may not lock. Yet a simple thing like looking at the car as you press that button to get the confirmation of it locking with lights flashing, or just pulling the handle to check it is locked can prevent a lot of thefts of or from motor vehicles. Why does it not always lock, it could be fault, battery running low, user error or some individual with device to block your signal nearby. In any case Lock it, Check it and we can prevent some crimes.

If you have cars of different values, where possible park the higher value car in your garage. When parking a car on your driveway ensure it is well lit and park the lower value car in front of the higher value car, as the thieves are more likely to target high value cars and will be deterred if they can’t easily drive such a car away from the scene. Locked gates and collapsible posts on the driveway will also deter the thief. With high value cars consider the fitting of a tracking system.
As cars become more and more advanced and rely more and more on computers to manage their systems our thieves become more technical too. To cater for both the technical and less technical thief use the locking system on your vehicle and look to the good old fashioned “Krook Lock”, steering wheel, or pedal lock to supplement it, it has a great visual deterrent.
Lastly before you turn in for the night check that all doors, ground floor windows and easily accessible windows are closed and locked. PVCu doors – don’t forget that the door is not fully locked until you have lifted the inside handle and turned the key. If you have an intruder alarm and can do so activate the downstairs zone. To stop the burglar getting to the vulnerable windows and doors to the rear ensure that side gates are closed and locked.
Please also ensure that you put your car keys somewhere safe and out of sight, when you return home. Put your car keys in a drawer (preferably one that is noisy to open) or some other secure place, but don’t take them up to the bedroom with you.