Protect your property
PEOPLE are being encouraged to make sure that any expensive new property they own is protected from thieves.
The Chiltern and South Bucks Community Safety Partnership is urging people to mark items such as tablets, cameras, game consoles and bikes which they may have received during the festive break, and which are often targeted by thieves.
Property should be marked with a postcode using an ultra violet pen, which are available at most DIY stores, which means that it can be returned to its rightful owner if it is recovered following a burglary.
It also acts as a deterrent to thieves because it makes the items harder to sell on.
Larger items such as bicycles or machinery can be permanently marked using an engraver or etching kit.
South Bucks District Councillor Anita Cranmer, portfolio holder for community, said: “Unfortunately,Christmas offers a lot of opportunities for burglars.
“Bikes and electronic items are worth a lot of money to opportunist thieves, but there are some simple steps people can take to reduce their chances of falling victim.”
Chiltern District Councillor Peter Hudson added: “Property marking is by far the best way to protect your valuables such as jewellery, laptops and antiques.
“If it’s expensive, it’s desirable so please get it marked.”
To request a free UV pen, email community@ chiltern.gov.uk.