Pro­tect­ing your per­sonal prop­erty

Con­sumer tips pro­vided by REIQ

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE -

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.

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