Category Archives: Lost Property

Hope For The Best; Prepare For The Worst

So you’ve heeded all the advice to secure your home and your property.

You have window locks, high-security doors, unobscured entrances, lighting, an alarm system, valuables stored out of sight, tools, and equipment stored in locked sheds and garages.

Sadly, even the most security-aware can still become victims of theft, only to discover the aftermath can be as frustrating and painful as the event itself. The Police and insurers will ask for details of any missing property, and it is here that many find themselves unprepared, complicating claims and prolonging the stress and inconvenience.

Police recover an enormous amount of stolen property each year, but the majority is impossible to repatriate because there is no way to trace the owner. The result is that valuable, treasured possessions end up going to auction or even being destroyed.

Our homes are full of treasured valuables and a target for thieves.

To avoid these pitfalls, here are some simple actions you can take:

Make a habit of recording your purchases: photograph items, unique marks, and any serial numbers, including the original purchase receipts. Send the pictures to a friend or family member so you have more than one copy or record them securely on the Immobilise National Property Register – immobilise.com. Any police report or insurance claim will be more effective and faster to complete when you have this information to hand.

Mark items: add your postcode, your phone number, or some other number meaningful to you. Various marking and labeling methods are available, but any manner of mark will help – it doesn’t have to cost anything.

Register items: Consider registering your items on a police-connected database. Visit your local constabulary website for recommendations in the loss and theft section. Such registration not only helps Police return your property but may also prevent criminals from easily selling it.

For more home security information visit:
https://www.homesecuritymonth.com/category/nhsm-blog/

To register and protect valuables visit:
https://www.immobilise.com

Key Tags & Recovery Service Offer

What would you do if you lost or had your keys stolen? For less than a cup of coffee, an ImmobiKey fob with its unique identifier provides the means to reunite you with your lost keys securely. Visit shop.immobilise.com/immobikey-key-tags-and-recovery-service-pack-contains-2-fobs and apply the promotional coupon: IMMOBIKEY21 on checkout to receive £2 off your order.
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Emergency Services Show – Day 2

Day 2 at #ESS2021 has started well. We are getting many visitors to our stand, demonstrating the value of our data-driven solutions to support law enforcement. We had the pleasure of being visited by Bonnie, one of the search dogs from the National Search & Rescue Dog Association, who made great use of our stress balls. If you would like one, we are on stand H93. Talk to us about how we can help you combat retail fraud, property crime, and much more. #lawenforcement #police #retail

#ESS2021 – Day 2

Get it Logged, Get It Back!

To secure a bike, all you need to find is the frame number or add any marking product and record that number instead. It’s completely free, forever. If your bike goes missing, you can easily log in to immobilise.com 24/7 and change the status to lost or stolen, making it immediately visible to police and traceable back to you. Registration could be the difference between a criminal getting away with it or being charged and your bike being returned.

For more information about bicycle registration visit: immobilise.com/help/registerbike

Thieves See Christmas Differently

As Christmas fast approaches, we’d like to share a few crime prevention tips that are known to be effective at this time of year.

  • Make approaching your home too conspicuous for burglars – Invest in motion sensor lights or even festive lighting.
  • Be secure, especially with festive lighting – Check for vulnerabilities around the home and garden such as feeding cables through open windows.
  • Create the illusion of occupancy when you’re away, especially at night. Use inexpensive light timers or a Fake TV to deter would-be thieves.
  • Create the illusion of occupancy when you’re away, especially at night. Use inexpensive light timers or a Fake TV to deter would-be thieves.
  • Away over Christmas? Ask a neighbour to park on the driveway, redirect parcels, and be sure to cancel milk or paper deliveries.
  • Be cyber aware and careful not to advertise your new gifts or trips away on social media! 
  •  Don’t hide spare keys and use alarms if you have them.

Protecting your home and family need not be time consuming or expensive; a few simple steps can make all the difference.

Don’t forget to register and protect gifts and valuables on Immobilise  – It is completely FREE and helps deter thieves and combat property crime. Visit immobilise.com and click on ‘register’ or if you already have an account, log in using your account details to update your property list.

We are offering 15% OFF all our marking and security products. Visit shop.immobilise.com using coupon code: Christmas15 on checkout. Discount available until Monday 4th January & includes FREE delivery on orders over £30!

Another (Important) Christmas Checklist

Many of us will have done much of our Christmas shopping online this year. For those of you intending to visit the high street, busy shopping areas can be magnets for pick-pockets and other criminals this time of year. It’s important to be as vigilant as ever and whilst out shopping: 

  • Put cash and cards away safely and try not to keep your valuables in one place, especially your phone – should your bag be lost or stolen you can still call for help.
  • Shield the keypad when typing in your PIN when making payments or withdrawing cash. 
  • Don’t make it easy for thieves by hanging bags on chairs. If you’re having a well-earned break, keep your bag and shopping in your eye-line and away from passing hands.
  • Avoid overtly wearing expensive jewellery and watches in public places. 
  • Park vigilantly in an open, well-lit area. Visit the website parkmark.co.uk for details of police approved car parks. It sounds simple but If you must store presents in a vehicle, make sure they are out of view and that the car is securely locked. 
  • If you witness a crime report it to shop staff or police dialling 999. For suspicions and non-emergencies call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to provide anonymous information

Cyber Monday Immobilise Crime Reduction & Security Products Offer

If you have recently bagged yourself a bargain or two over the Black Friday weekend don’t forget to register them on Immobilise.com and to help you protect your valuables we’re offering 25% OFF our Immobilise marking products including Bike Tags at shop.immobilise.com. Simply use the promo code CyberMonday25 at the checkout. Discount available until 7th December.

What can I register?

You can register anything on immobilise.com if it has a unique identifier such as a serial or IMEI number which you can find on laptops and phones. If your items do not have these then you can record any distinguishable markings or purchase one of our marking products that the police are familiar with, such as ImmobiTag for your bicycle or our new ImmobiDot for smaller items.

Why should I register?

The property register plays an essential part in crime reduction and repatriation. It enables the police to identify owners of lost or stolen property and return it. In the event of theft, you will have a ready-made list of your property with photographs and identifiers for the police as well as a certificate of ownership which may help speed an insurance claim

How do I register?

Visit immobilise.com and click on ‘register’ or if you already have an account, log in using your account details to update your property list.

Check Up before you level up

Sony’s Playstation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox series X had their big reveals recently selling out immediately. For those who aren’t willing to pay thousands of pounds on eBay in a bidding war, it appears that the next best chance to score a system will be on Black Friday. That’s when a number of big-box retailers will make their latest shipments available. 

If you are lucky enough to get one this holiday season and are looking to sell your old gaming system don’t forget to sell with a CheckMEND.com certificate it’s been proven to enhance listings on internet auction and classified sites to get you a much better price. All you need is the serial number to perform a check on CheckMEND to generate a certificate.

If you’re considering buying a second-hand system, on the other hand, you may want to look at a Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS4 Pro, or PS4 Slim, all having plenty of life left, there are bargains to be had. For added peace-of-mind before making a purchase don’t forget to ask the seller or retailer for a copy of a CheckMEND certificate to prove the legitimacy of the system. You may check the certificate’s authenticity free of charge by entering its number at checkmend.com/uk/verify.