Merseyside Police Immobilise scheme goes well

Merseyside Police Community Support & Traffic Officers (PCS&TO’s) Derek Johnston and Natalie O’Neill were manning a police pod at Maghull Central Square last month, giving shoppers the opportunity to register their mobile phones with the National Property Register called Immobilise.
Natalie O’Neill said:

This means that if your phone is lost or stolen it will be easily identifiable and can be returned to its rightful owner.

Derek Johnston said that the day had proven well worthwhile:

We were getting roughly 20 people an hour visiting the pod to register their mobile phones. In fact, the event went so well that we have decided to organise an other Immobilise event in the Melling area in a few weeks time.

Merseyside Police are urging people to make their mobile phones less attractive to would-be thieves by immobilising them.

Merseyside Police has adopted the Immobilise system – a property-registering scheme that aims to make life as difficult as possible for thieves. The aim of the scheme is to encourage members of the public to register their mobiles on the National Mobile Database.

As part of a crime prevention initiative, PCSOs from Maghull are encouraging people to bring along their mobile telephones to Maghull Police Station for registering.

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Greater Manchester Police team up with Currys to promote Immobilise

Greater Manchester police A6 NPT have teamed up with Currys Clearance centre, central retail park, and Immobilise.com to put together a free property marking day.

All customers that purchase electrical goods from the Currys Clearance Centre or any other store on Central Retail Park, on Saturday March 20th, will be entitled to have their new item property marked and added to the Immobilise.com database and it doesn’t stop there!! If you have older items that you would like property marked just bring them along to the store with proof of purchase and we will gladly add them to the data base and mark them, The Immobilise day continues the on going force priority on domestic burglary.

Bring your laptops, mobile phones, ipods and any other electrical goods to the Currys Clearance Centre, Central Retail Park, Ancoats, any time from 0900-1700 on Saturday 20th march 2010.

Immobilise.com is a Home office backed, free to use website where users can create an account of their household goods for free. In the unfortunate event of any of the items being stolen they can update their account and mark the item as stolen.

Immobilise.com is the first port of call for the police when trying to identify stolen goods and can increase the chances of them being returned to their rightful owner.

PCSO Burtoft had this to say about immobilise.com;

it really is a great idea, it increases the chances of stolen property being found by the Police and reclaimed, it also reduces the number of different avenues historically used by burglars to profit from their crime, oh and its free of charge

Police urge residents to help immobilise thieves

Thames Valley Police are continuing to encourage residents to protect their property and register valuables on Immobilise.com, the UK National Property Register.

The website is a free database, which is used by all police forces across the UK to help them return stolen property to rightful owners.

Register your personal property at www.immobilise.com so that, if your valuables get lost or stolen and police recover it, you’ll get it back. It could also help police officers to get the burglar or robber convicted.

It takes a few minutes to complete the registration, allowing you to create a free, private and secure portfolio of all your personal property.

Inspector Sean Hodgson, Force Crime Reduction Manager, said:

We are continuing to urge residents to register their property, it only takes a few minutes to register and if your property is stolen and recovered there is a greater chance of it being returned.

Becoming a victim of crime is an incredibly upsetting experience

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for people, especially if personal possessions such as cameras or mobile phones are stolen with irreplaceable photos of loved ones and phone numbers of family and friends.

We are asking residents to help us and help themselves by registering all their valuables on the Immobilise database. People can register any item with a serial number.

Police officers may then be able to return any items they find to their rightful owner. It may also enable officers to secure a successful prosecution.

Thames Valley Police is currently running an initiative specifically tackling burglary, called Operation Breaker. This Forcewide campaign received a £143,000 funding boost from the Home Office on 28 December as the national ‘Operation Vigilance campaign gets underway. Operation Vigilance aims to tackle and prevent burglary and personal robbery.

To visit the Thames Valley Police website please go to: www.thamesvalley.police.uk