This page contains advice on how to help ensure that your possessions are protected should a burglar enter your home, especially on marking your property and computer equipment.
Marking your belongings will help you and the police identify them if they are stolen. It can make it difficult for the thief to dispose of the property and may provide the vital evidence for prosecution.
Items should be visibly and permanently marked and this may be achieved in various ways.
- Inscribing or etching your postcode plus the number of your house or flat or the first two letters of its name.
- Using a commercial marking product giving your postcode or a reference and number unique to you and the product. The effectiveness of the product is indicated by being tested to standard LPS 1225 or BS: 7799.
- If your property and personal details are held on a property database it should pass LPS1224 or BS: 7799 standards.
- Ultra-violet postcode marking can be removed and can fade in months. It should therefore be used as part of a specialist product, such as chemical trace liquids or microdots painted on internal or hidden components.
- Keep a record of the make, model and serial number of valuables.
- Works of art and difficult to describe items should be photographed.
- Keep lists and photographs safe with your insurance policy and update any record or database if you sell or dispose of items.
With computers so integrated with our domestic lifestyle and more people working from home the data and hours of lost effort are equally if not more valuable than the technology.
- Security enclosures and cables are available for desk-tops, laptops and digital video projectors.
- Back-up data regularly and store safely away from the computer.
- Use passwords and activate firewalls for Internet connections, particularly if using wireless networks.