Tips to help you pro­tect and iden­tify your prop­erty

Con­sumer tips ... pro­vided by REIQ

Whitsunday Times - - DO­MAIN -

En­grav­ing or mark­ing your prop­erty leaves no doubt as to its own­er­ship.

Not only does it de­ter others from tak­ing your prop­erty be­cause of the dif­fi­cul­ties in­volved in “off-load­ing” iden­ti­fi­able prop­erty but it also helps po­lice to re­cover and re­turn items which may have been stolen

Neigh­bour­hood Watch state co­or­di­na­tor Sergeant Steve Bat­ter­ham said a de­tailed in­ven­tory should be kept of all your prop­erty.

“Record se­rial num­bers, makes and mod­els, and when your in­ven­tory is com­plete, keep the list in a safe place. Hav­ing a per­sonal in­ven­tory helps po­lice re­cover stolen items,” he said.

Items most of­ten stolen should be in­cluded in a per­sonal in­ven­tory in­clud­ing the fol­low­ing items:

In­side and around the home:

Tele­vi­sions, firearms, video and DVD equip­ment, clocks, binoc­u­lars, power tools, ra­dio and stereos, lawn mow­ers, mi­crowaves, trail­ers, cam­eras, chain­saws, kitchen ap­pli­ances, gar­den tools, cloth­ing, bi­cy­cles, fur­ni­ture, welders, sport­ing goods, Ro­tary hoes and slash­ers, mu­si­cal equip­ment, tool boxes and com­puter equip­ment.

“Record se­rial num­bers, makes and mod­els, and when your in­ven­tory is com­plete, keep the list in a safe place. Hav­ing a per­sonal in­ven­tory helps po­lice re­cover stolen items.”

In the car:

Ra­dios, CD play­ers, two-way ra­dios speak­ers, mag wheels, tools, tool boxes and bat­ter­ies.

Free en­gravers are avail­able for loan from your lo­cal po­lice sta­tion or Neigh­bour­hood Watch area co­or­di­na­tor.

Al­ways seek op­er­at­ing ad­vice be­fore us­ing the en­graver as some items are not suit­able for mark­ing by elec­tric en­graver.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.nhwq.com.au

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