|If You Love It - Register It
Police in Wigan and Leigh are urging residents to register and property mark valuable gifts they get this Christmas so they can be returned if lost or stolen.
Flat screen TVs, MP3 players, sat navs, laptops and mobile phones all feature heavily on letters to Santa this Christmas. Unfortunately they are also top of the most wanted lists of burglars, robbers and thieves.
By registering their valuables on www.immobilise.com owners can put details of their prized possessions on a national database that police can access and compare against items that have been found or recovered from suspected criminals.
The online service is totally free and is quick and easy to use.
Crime Reduction Advisor for Greater Manchester Police’s Wigan Division, Wendy O’Neil, said: “Almost any item with a serial number recovered by police can be returned to the owner if registered on the database. Users can also add photographs and certificates of ownership to their Immobilise account and update it with details of new possessions or take off items they no longer own.
“A few minutes online can decrease the chances of your most precious possessions being stolen and increase the chances of you getting them back if they are.”
Other tactics residents can use to make their property less vulnerable to burglars include:
- Keep external doors and windows locked even when you are in.
- Keep gadgets and valuables out of sight and away from windows.
- Don’t place presents under the tree until the last moment.
- Dispose of boxes that contained valuables by taking them to the tip – leaving them outside your home is an advert to thieves of what might be inside.
- Install a burglar alarm and use it every time you leave the house or go to bed.
- Use lights, radios and timer switches to make your house look occupied.
- If you are going away over the holidays ask a trusted neighbour to open and draw curtains, park on your drive and keep an eye on your home.