Protecting your personal property
Consumer tips provided by REIQ
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
“A detailed inventory should be kept of all your property,” Neighbourhood Watch state co-ordinator Sergeant Steve Batterham said.
“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.”
Items most often stolen inside and outside the home and which should be included in a personal inventory include: televisions, video and DVD equipment, binoculars, radios and stereos, microwaves cameras, kitchen appliances, clothing, furniture, sporting goods, musical equipment and computer equipment. Specific to outdoors are things like power tools, lawn mowers, trailers, chainsaws, garden tools, bicycles, welders, rotary hoes and slashers and tool boxes.
Targets in the car are radios and CD players, two-way radios, speakers, Mag wheels, tools and tool boxes.
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.