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 www.immobilise.com 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
The local News Paper Leigh Today has reported that Police are launching a crackdown on burglaries this Christmas:
As part of Operation Guardian, police in the borough are issuing a festive message to make sure people giving gifts don’t hand one to a thief this Christmas.
Officers are warning that the traditional Christmas scene, with a pile of presents under a tree, is a gift of an opportunity for a burglar.
The number of house break-ins rises significantly during the Christmas period as presents tempt burglars in to people’s homes.
Once inside, they take anything they can easily find, including credit cards, cheque books, bags and car keys.
Crime reduction advisor for Wigan division, Wendy O’Neil, said: “Everyone should have a happy and secure Christmas, so I would like to remind people of simple steps to ensure they keep their property safe.
“The sad fact is that more than one in three of all domestic burglaries in the Wigan Borough happen because people do not lock their doors and shut their windows meaning the opportunist thief does not even have to use force to gain access.
“Even if you are in the house you should still lock external doors, and keep windows shut. If the room is stacked full of presents, close the curtains and help to make sure your hard-earned gifts don’t end up in someone else’s hands.”
Police are also urging residents to register their valuables free-of-charge at www.immobilise.com
The online database allows officers to search for lost or stolen items of identifiable property and is the world’s largest free register of ownership details.
Almost any item with a serial number recovered by police can be returned to the owner if it is registered on the database. Users can also add photographs and certificates of ownership to their Immobilise account.
Ms O’Neil added: “Many items we recover from criminals are not given back to their owners, as without some proof of ownership we do not know who they belong to.
“Spending five minutes registering details of your Christmas gifts and other valued possessions for free on www.immobilise.com means that their details are instantly available to us and all other forces across the country.”
To read the orginal article please go to: Leigh Today
Police in Norwich are promoting the Immobilise National Property register to help them address the issue of victims of theft not being able to accurately describe what has been stolen. They hope the scheme will help catch thieves and reunite owners of stolen property with their personal possessions.
Between September 1 to December 1, 246 pedal cycles were reported stolen in the city along with 162 mobile phones as well as other equipment like Sat Navs and iPods.
Inspector Michelle Lillie, from the University and Eaton Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), said: “We find that the main problem is when people report items as stolen they have very little details about what the property is.”
The website, www.immobilise.com allows people to upload pictures and detail information about personal property in case it is stolen.
Police then link into it when they recover stolen goods.
Insp Lillie added: “Police do recover property however because of the limited description of lost or stolen property it is difficult to match it to a previous owner making the job of proving an offence that little bit more difficult.”
“We are urging the public to help by keeping a record of all personal equipment with a serial or identifiable number and use the Immobilise registration service.”
Serial numbers are needed for goods and to register your mobile phone, you need to know your 15 digit IMEI handset number which can be found by keying in *#06# on the keypad or on a sticker underneath the battery.
For further information contact the University and Eaton SNT on 0845 456 4567 or go to www.safernorfolk.co.uk
To read the original story go to: Norwich Evening News
“Don’t make it is easy for thieves this Christmas” is the message being given out by Dyfed Powys Police in the run up to the festive season.
Don’t gift wrap Christmas for criminals this year – they are your presents, protect them.
At this time of year people go shopping and sometimes leave what they have bought in full view on the back seats of their car while it is parked in a car park. Or they put wrapped presents underneath Christmas tree’s in their homes in full view of people walking past in the street, said Assistant Chief Constable Nick Ingram.
These are easy targets for thieves. They know that there are likely to be high value goods in the bags or all wrapped up – don’t make it easy for them.
Dyfed Powys is a safe area to live, but it is important not to get complacent.
Also it is important to remember to register your valuables. A few years ago we encouraged people to post mark their property. This is the twenty first century equivalent. You can go online to immobilise.com and register your valuables.
If the worst happens and you are burgled, and the police recover stolen items they will search the immobilise database and return the goods to the rightful owners.
To read this article in full please go to: The Tivyside Advertiser
Middlesbrough Police, in conjunction with the Safer Middlesbrough Partnership and Safe in Tees Valley, are publicising a pre-Christmas message to ensure that any new mobile phone is registered is registered on the Immobilise Property system.
It is recommending that any youngsters who receive a mobile phone for Christmas take the proactive step of registering the phones details on Immobilise.
Detective Chief Inspector Shane Sellers, of Middlesbrough Police, said:
Last year 835 mobile phones were reported stolen in the district.
Registering mobile phones on the www.immobilise.com website should have an impact in reducing this figure, particularly where phones have been stolen, as the phone can very quickly be blocked on the UK network, rendering it useless to the thief.
Please note that in addition to updating your phones’ status on Immobilise (which makes the details available for police searches in realtime), any person who has lost their phone or had it stolen should contact their network provider asap to have it blocked. For details of relevant Network numbers please go to: Reporting your phone as stolen in the UK
To read the original article go to: www.gazettelive.co.uk/news
The crime reduction advisor for Trafford is urging residents across Trafford to make their valuable less attractive to theives this Christmas by registering them on Immobilise.
PC Tony Crompton has said about the Immobilise Property Register:
Many items we recover from criminals are not given back to their owners as, without some proof of ownership, we do not know who they belong to.
Spending five minutes registering details of your Christmas gifts and other valued possessions for free on immobilise.com means that their details are instantly available to us and all other forces across the country.
If an item is stolen you can update your record to tell us, so if we or any other force find your MP3 player, watch or bike, we have proof it belongs to you.
To read the source article in full please go to: www.communitynewsgroup.co.uk
The Ipswich Evening Star reported on Suffolk Police’s current campaign to remind to take crime prevention measures over the festive period to keep their valuables safe:
With stories every year about families having their Christmas presents stolen, the police have issued some simple measures to reduce the chances of this happening. These include not leaving shopping bags of presents in view in cars and not leaving presents, especially expensive ones, under the Christmas tree where they can be seen through a window.
People can register their valuable Christmas presents at an online database (www.immobilise.com). The serial number can be registered, which will help keep property safe and reunite stolen items with their rightful owners.
Inspector Ben Cook from the crime reduction department stresses the importance of being careful this Christmas.
He said: “Only place the packaging of gifts outside your property on the morning of your rubbish collection to avoid advertising what valuable items you have.”
“Residents should ensure they have some lights on timers during the darker evenings. Do not give thieves any opportunity to ruin Christmas.”
To read the full story please go to the Ipswich Evening Star Website
For most of us Christmas is a time for giving, however as the West Midlands Police festive crime awareness campaign suggests, Christmas is also a time for taking.
Officers are launching a crime awareness initiative today (Wednesday 3 December) to put crime prevention awareness at the front of people’s minds as they prepare for the busy holiday season.
Robbery, shoplifting, vehicle crime, fraud and petty thefts traditionally rise at this time of year and people can easily fall prey to thieves as they may not be as security conscious as usual.
December’s dark nights give burglars plenty of cover to break into houses. Householders are reminded not to leave valuables and presents where they can be seen by passers by looking into the house.
The top five valuables burglars look for are:
- computers, including laptops and play stations
- credit and debit cards
- mobile phones
It is not just consumers that need to be more wary at this time of year, trades people are also urged to be wary and to proactively register items on immobilise.com:
Trades people are reminded to remove tools from their vans overnight, to postcode their equipment and register any tools with serial numbers at www.immobilise.com
The top five things stolen from vehicles are:
- auto accessories including hub caps, number plates and car badges
- audio items such as CDs
- car radios and CD players
- other on display items such as satellite navigation systems.
To read more please visit the West Midlands Police press site.
In the run up to Christmas Croydon police have issued a special warning for local residents to help them avoid being victims of crime over the festive period. In addition to registration on the Immobilise National property register many of the other suggestions made apply equally to other regions:
Some of their recommendations are:
While out shopping be aware of pickpockets and thieves, carry your handbag in front of you so sticky fingers can’t get into it.
When out and about Christmas shopping, leave carrier bags with gifts in secure and out of site in your car but make sure you stay vigilant, thieves may well watch car parks for a chance to break into them.
When at home make sure you wait until Christmas Day before putting presents around your tree, they can make a tempting display for a burglar.
Burglars like an easy life and it’s not just Christmas cards that come through your letterbox so fit a letterbox hood.
Burglars can force some sash windows, especially old ones without key operated locks. A good way to reduce the risk is by fixing a window box planter to the window ledge and fitting proper window locks.
Don’t highlight the fact that you have gifts and presents to criminals by openly displaying the empty packaging outside by your bins.
Registering your possessions on the immobilise website increases your chances of being reunited with them should they be lost or stolen and come to the notice of the police.
To read the Croydon Guardian article in full please go to: http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/…
Gloucestershire Constabulary make some sensible recommendations for students:
Cheltenham Police are reminding students to keep their accommodation secure. The warning comes after two student homes in the town were burgled last week.
Sergeant Mark Stephens from Whaddon Safer Community Team, who are responsible for policing issues at the Francis Close Hall, Hardwicke and Pitville campuses said: “Sadly student houses are an easy target for burglaries as with several people coming and going from the property they are easily left insecure.”
“If you add up the cost of everything you own, ipod, television, bike, laptop and mobile phone, you’ll probably be surprised at the amount it comes to.
“Along with the financial ramifications of losing these items it can also be very upsetting and devastating to your university work if any of your notes were stored on the stolen items.”
In addition to registering property on the Immobilise Property Register, Cheltenham police also make these sensible suggestions:
- A remarkable number of burglaries occur because a window or door has been left open, so make sure you keep them closed.
- Do not leave cash or valuables on display in your room and make sure valuable items cannot be seen from the window.
- During the Christmas, Easter and summer holidays take all items of value home with you.
- Make sure your property is insured.
- Get valuables security marked.
To see the orginal article in full go to: Space – University of Gloucestershire Students Union