Property Marking Advice

Property Marking Advice

Every year the police recover thousands and thousands of pounds worth of property from the hands of criminals. Often one of the biggest drawbacks in an investigation is trying to trace the owners of this property. Being able to trace the ownership of these items not only helps the owner to get the property back, but it can also provide evidence that is vital in securing convictions.

In order to help with this, it is a very good idea to mark your property in such a way that it can be easily identified as yours. The cheapest and most effective way of doing this is by using a UV marker pen to write your home postcode and house name or number on the item of property. It is a good idea to write this information on the underside of the item, so that sunlight does not fade the information.

Every police station is equipped with UV lights and when property comes into police possession, the items are checked for UV markings. Officers also take portable UV lights with them when carrying out raids, to check contents in criminals’ homes to see if they have been stolen.

You can make a real difference in protecting your property by ensuring that you use a UV marker pen to postcode all your valuable items, such as TV’s, DVD players, Ipods, Hi-Fi systems, mobile telephones, and any other items which have a hard surface. You should also keep a note of the serial number of the item, and note the place where you have written the postcode.

Items that are too small to mark, such as items of jewellery, should be photographed and any identifying marks recorded.

You should seek […]

Moving Home! Redlocks Locksmiths Highly Recommend Changing your Locks

Here at Redlocks Locksmiths Cambridge we highly recommend changing your door locks when moving into a new property/home.

Question 1: Have you changed your locks since you moved in your new home?

Question 2: So how many copies of your house keys are out there, do you know?

Question 3: Do you know who has copies of keys to your house?

A survey has revealed that 74% of homeowners fail to change the locks when moving into a new property, leaving them vulnerable to break-ins by anyone who had a key during the last ownership.

This basic security measure is recommended by home insurance providers as a priority as insurance claims are only valid if there are clear signs of a break-in.

The study interviewed people from right across the UK, asking them ‘Did you get your locks changed within 2 weeks the last time you moved into a new home?’. The results showed that people in the South of England were most the most likely to change their locks (35% answered ‘yes’ to the survey, compared with 20% of people in the North and Scotland).

The age group most likely to get their locks changed was those aged between 35-54, while the over-55’s were found to be least likely to do so.

Changing the locks on a new home is a basic security measure that has long been recommended by leading insurance companies. Many home insurance policies will not pay out if an intruder lets them selves in with a key, as generally there must be clear signs of breaking and entering in order for a claim to be valid.

And it’s not just the insurance implications that are worth thinking about – there’s also the fact that you could be putting […]

Secure Your Property – Redlocks Locksmiths

Statistics show that burglaries increase by up to 20% during the winter months when the clocks change as criminals take advantage of the darker evenings. Here are a few of  Redlocks basic pointers in keeping your family and property safer.

Doors and windows
It’s important that your door security is up to standard during the dark winter months. External timber doors should be secured using a Mortice Lock and/or Nightlatch that meets British Standard and if you have a UPVC or composite door then it is a good idea to upgrade the euro profile cylinder in your multipoint lock to a British Standard cylinder as well.
A property is not properly protected unless all points of entry are secured and Redlocks Locksmiths recommends that all windows, both upstairs and downstairs, are fitted with at least one appropriate lock. Many burglars will avoid smashing a window and will instead try to force the window frame itself. There are locks available for all types of windows, including wooden, aluminium and UPVC, as well as locks that are suitable for French doors and patio doors.

Sheds and outbuildings
It’s important not to forget sheds garages during the winter months. You can secure these outbuildings with a weatherproof padlock to help deter would-be thieves and protect against unwanted intruders. Weatherproof padlocks with a solid multi-layered steel body to protect against erosion and saw attack, plus a keyway cover cap to prevent rusting. Heavy-duty padlocks are recommended for shed doors, whilst anchor locks and cables can secure individual items of high value inside an outbuilding.
Lighting
A useful addition to perimeter security can be exterior lighting, either switched manually or automatically operated if the light is activated. Lighting should be seen as an aid, but on […]

Security Checklist for University Students

Whether they are going to university for the first time, or returning to study for another year, students will often find themselves in new accommodation – from halls of residence to private rented flats or houses.

Students are one of the highest at-risk groups of crime in the country, often targeted for high value laptops, TVs, and entertainment equipment which are frequently left in plain view and unsecured against intruders. It’s important, therefore, that students are aware of how to keep themselves and their possessions safe.

Safety and security should be top of the agenda for students when they move into a new property, or return to their old digs, as dealing with the effects of crime is a very unsettling and distressing experience. By carrying out these simple measures to maintain a safe and secure property, we can put students’ (and parents’) minds at ease.

It is all too easy to assume that previous residents have handed in their keys and while this may well be the case, it does not mean that extra copies have not been made by either former residents, employees, contractors or even rogue tradesmen. It is important for students and parents to question what locking systems are in place, when they were last replaced and how the copying of keys is controlled.

It is landlord’s’ duty to act in a responsible manner and they should install quality locks with patented keys which cannot be copied without proof of ownership or restricted keys which cannot be easily copied due to their unique design.
Advice for students in halls of residence:
Request information on the locking systems and how key duplication is regulated, recorded and controlled.

Consider taking full details of any valuables and for electronic items, […]

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