Mark your property to deter burglars

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Mark your property to deter burglars

A determined burglar can be difficult to discourage. Good-quality doors, windows and locks are excellent deterrents, but there’s even more you can do to stop burglars in their tracks.

Mark it

Make your valuables less attractive to thieves by using a property or police approved forensic marking solution only visible under Ultraviolet (UV) light. This can take the form of a special marker using ink or paint. Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your address. All of these measures help police identify stolen goods, making it harder for thieves to sell. So make your mark.

And property marking isn’t only for things like electrical items and bikes, you can also mark high value belongings like antiques. However, we recommend that you seek specialist advice.

Record it

Register your valuables using an accredited property database.

Take photographs and keep documents like receipts related to your property so you can prove ownership.

Register your bike

If you value your bike, then register it with Bike Register. The prominent stamp acts as a great deterrent.

Flag it

If you value it, then mark it as protected. Window stickers and signage are extremely effective and are proven to be a powerful deterrent against burglary.

Read more: https://www.essex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/mark-your-property/

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