Your belongings may be important to you but to a thief they are
just a way of making easy cash.
Marking your possessions makes them less attractive to burglars
because they are hard to sell on and too hot to handle.
Every year we recover property worth thousands of pounds but are
unable to return it to its rightful owner because it can’t be
Protecting your home against thieves is vital but marking your
belongings, especially those with sentimental value, could deter
thieves or help us prove they were stolen.
How can I mark my property?
There are several ways to mark your belongings and you can buy
easy to use kits for each method from DIY stores.
Engraving or etching: Use an electric engraving
tool to leave a permanent mark on most hard surfaces.
property can help police to catch a thief.
Ultraviolet marking: Use an ultraviolet pen to
leave a mark which only becomes visible under a UV lamp. The mark can fade over time so
needs to be renewed regularly.
Ceramic marking: Use ceramic marking pens to
leave a permanent mark on china and glass without cutting or
scratching the surface.
Electronic marking: Modern televisions allow
you to record your details electronically and prevent others
accessing them with a security code.
What should I mark it with?
A simple way to identify your property is to mark it with your
postcode followed by your house or flat number.
After doing so, take photographs of the items alongside a ruler
or tape measure. This will help make any insurance claims you may
need to make in the future easier.
For more information on property
marking download the Home Office Coded for keeps