Police urge registration of valuables
Police are recommending that local residents register valuable property with a free online service that is being used by officers to track stolen goods.
The advice comes as part of Operation Tarantula, a county-wide effort to tackle car crime.
Officers say drivers should register satellite navigation equipment, car entertainment systems and any other valuables, but say they should not stop there.
They recommend people visit the Immobilise site - a nationwide database of stolen property - and register all goods likely to catch the attention of a thief.
The free, online checking service is used by all UK police forces to trace owners of lost or stolen goods. It enables officers to sift through seized goods and it enables owners to report goods stolen with the click of a mouse.
It takes seconds to set up an account and all that is required is a valid email address. Make sure you set a password in your account details. You can then simply add the product details and an identification number and thatís it (ID numbers hidden in the illustration below for security reasons).
Itís claimed that there are more than 250 cases a week where property is returned or information collected that assist the police in investigating crime.
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6 June 2009