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Marking your personal belongings

Marking certain personal belongings and valuables is known as security marking. Marking these items helps us to return them to their rightful owner, should they ever be stolen. 

Items and personal belongings can be marked in a number of ways;

  • if the appearance is not important, you could mark the item with a marker pen, stating your house number and post code
  • UV (Ultra Violet) security marker pens leave a mark that is not visible to the naked eye and are a low cost way of marking your belongings
  • there are many property marking liquids available, such as SmartWater or EnigmaTag, which offer a hi-tech way of linking your property to your address
  • always take specialist advice before marking expensive or irreplaceable items.

You can also register your personal belongings for free online with Using Immobilise to register your belongings means that if your belongings are ever lost or stolen, you have more chance of having them returned to you.  

Logging your valuables

Consider keeping photos of items and keeping a list of all valuable property in a safe place, including;

  • the make
  • the model
  • the description
  • the value
  • any identifiable markings.

Try not to keep important or valuable property or documents at home. For example, bank deeds can be stored at a bank. Burglars will look through drawers and under mattresses, so be sure to keep items in unsuspecting places.

You may look to install a safe, which can been securely fixed to a solid wall or floor that will reduce the chance of important documents, valuables and sentimental items being stolen.

Tracking software

Valuables like MP3 players, iPod's, laptops, tablets and mobile phones are best kept out of sight to prevent them being stolen. It is also a good idea to install tracking software on mobile devices to help you locate them if they are ever lost of stolen. 

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