Marking your property is a positive way to fight crime. It can act as a deterrent, allowing you to prove ownership and helping you to identify your property more easily is it is found. Marking your property also provides the police a way to identify stolen goods and return them to their owners. It also makes it less valuable to a criminal as it is more difficult to sell on or dispose of.
Various ways to mark your property
- Permanent marker pens
- Waterproof paint
- Specialised overt marking kits such as Cremark
What to mark your property with
You can put any kind of mark on your property to distinguish it as yours. It is recommended that your postcode is used, prefixed with the number of your address, i.e. 23 LE1 1QA. A postcode is unique to your property and allows the goods to be identified and returned to you. However, just putting a name or a symbol on the property makes it identifiable, but does not provide details of who the property belongs to. Keep hold of receipts and paperwork relating to serial numbers.
If you decide to sell on your item or dispose of it, remember to add two ‘X’ marks before and after your postcode e.g. X 23 LE1 1QA X. This indicates that the property is no longer yours. Advertising that your property has been security marked is a good way of deterring thieves.
It is also a good idea keep photographs and descriptions of valuable items so that they can be positively identified should they get stolen. Photos that feature identification marks are particularly useful.