Property marking by itself cannot prevent a theft from happening
but it can act as a deterrent to most thieves. Not only that but in
many cases if the property is not marked, the police cannot not
identify the rightful owner. Because of this, it makes it
very difficult for the police to prove the item was stolen in the
first place. A frustrating situation, as you can imagine ... but
there is a simple solution.
Engraving or Etching
This method is suitable for many hard surfaces and can be done
using an electric engraving tool or a hand engraver. It
leaves a visible and permanent mark and is most suitable for items
such as bikes, garden equipment and tools. These marking kits
can be found in most DIY stores, hobby stores and cycle
UV pens put an invisible mark on your property which can only be
seen by using a UV lamp. Use UV marking when other methods
could reduce the value and aesthetic of the object. Remember,
however, that with some marker pens the ink can fade with age -
especially when exposed to sunlight - and can be washed off so it
will need to be renewed regularly.
There are products on the market now that use DNA
technology. This means each kit issued has a unique
identifying code embedded in it.
Once you have bought a kit, you mark all your property and
register your details and property marked with the supplier.
These products are usually combined with UV substances so that the
police can find it and connect the property with an offender.
You can buy Smartwater from your local Neighbourhood Watch by
Lynne Arch, Neighbourhood Watch
Telephone: 01234 842043