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Property Marking

  • Marking your belongings will help you and the police identify them if they are stolen.
  • It can make it difficult for the thief to dispose of the property and may provide the vital evidence for prosecution.
  • Items should be visibly and permanently marked and this may be achieved in various ways.
  • Inscribing or etching your postcode plus the number of your house or flat or the first two letters of its name. 
  • Using a commercial marking product giving your postcode or a reference and number unique to you and the product.
  • The effectiveness of the product is indicated by being tested to standard LPS 1225 or BS: 7799.
  • If your property and personal details are held on a property database it should pass LPS1224 or BS: 7799 standards.
  • Ultra-violet postcode marking can be removed and can fade in months. It should be used as part of a specialist product, such as chemical trace liquids or microdots painted on internal or hidden components.
  • Keep a record of the make, model and serial number of valuables.
  • Works of art and difficult to describe items should be photographed.
  • Keep lists and photographs safe with your insurance policy and update any record or database if you sell or dispose of items.

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  • With computers so integrated with our lives and more people working from home, the data and hours of work are equally if not more valuable as the technology.
  • Security enclosures and cables are available for desk-tops, laptops and digital video projectors. 
  • Back-up data regularly and store safely away from the computer.
  • Use passwords and activate firewalls for Internet connections, particularly if using wireless networks.

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