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.

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Crime Prevention Measures

Burglars target homes they think are empty so it’s important that you try to make your homes look occupied.

Houses are generally broken into from the rear because the burglar doesn’t want to be seen so people should make it as difficult as possible to access their back garden. Tall fencing, noisy gravel, spiky hedges and an alarm system are all worth the investment. And of course, windows and doors should always be locked when there is no one at home.

Last winter, there were 961 burglaries in the Cambridgeshire area during the four months, from November to February, with 224 in November, 227 in December, 296 in January and 214 in February.

Other crime prevention measures include:

*Remove keys from window and door locks, but keep them in a familiar and safe place where all members of the family know where to find them in the event of an emergency.

*Never leave items such as keys, bags and money on show through a window, as these can prove a real temptation for an opportunist burglar.

*Consider the position of key racks or shelves next to doors and ensure that they cannot be reached through the letter box.

*Use timer switches to turn on lights and radios when you are going to be away from your house at dusk.

*Consider the use of lights at the front and rear of your property that are activated when someone approaches.

*Consider the use of bolts and padlocks on side gates. Place the bolts at the top, middle and bottom of the gate, as just a top bolt might be easy to reach and open.

*Consider chaining together all high value items stored in outbuildings, as this will make it harder for them to be removed. Also […]

By |October 31st, 2013|Security|3 Comments

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 […]

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