Pro­tect your prop­erty

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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