Mark it, lock up and don’t lose it this Christmas

Police in North Somerset are asking young people to help change their families’ security habits.

Neighbourhood Teams are going into schools to promote property marking and the ‘Immobilise’ property database.

Chief Inspector Nick Walker said:

We know thieves are deterred from stealing items which have been marked with a post code because they know that if they are caught with it we will be able to prove it has been stolen.

Marking your property or registering it on also means that if your belongings are stolen and recovered by police we can return them to you.

The school visits are part of the district’s Relentless operation on Tuesday December 16 2008, getting out into the community and working with partners to tackle the issues that affect local people.

Officers will also be promoting the property-marking message in high streets across the district, with the constabulary’s Mounted Section on patrol in Weston-super-Mare selling the message too.

CI Walker said:

Your police are working hard to tackle burglars and thieves, but there are some simple steps people can take to deter criminals and help police catch and convict them.

The message is mark it, lock up and don’t lose it this Christmas!

We’re working hard to make North Somerset an even safer place to live, work and visit, but people should play their part and take some simple steps to keep themselves and their property safe.

To read the full press release please go to: Avon and Somerset Police