Part Four -
1. Target Removal: Hide or remove your valuables. It makes sense. As one burglar said, "If it ain't there, I can't nick it." If possible, remove silverware and jewellery to the bank. Alternatively, invest in a good quality floor safe.
Do you have a laptop? Take it with you!
2. Property Marking: If it is impossible or impractical to remove your valuables, then it is essential that you reduce the payoff to the burglar by marking all steal-
There are four main methods of marking property:
Permanent Visible marker or paint pen: From a prevention aspect it is better to visibly mark your possessions so that the burglar can see that its been done. It makes life much harder for him if he tries to sell it on. Check out CREmark from www.creproducts.co.uk.
Special markers are available for fine china and porcelain. They leave an indelible metalised deposit on top of the glaze and therefore should not adversely affect the value. However, check first with your insurer...just to be sure.
Engraving/embossing/stamping: Use a hobby engraver or diamond tipped stylus to visibly mark items. Die Stamps are useul for leatherwork, such as saddles. Avoid stamping newer cycles as they are often made from light alloy metals and you might crack the frame
MicroDots/DNA: There are now some innovative products about ,such as Smart Water, SelectaDNA and Redweb. SelectaDNA for example, has 1000s of micro dots are suspended in a clear adhesive which has an ultra-
Your security mark is a unique national reference. It provides the only guarantee that your property will be returned to you, should it be stolen and subsequently recovered.
Once everything is marked, you should take photographs of the most valuable items and keep a record of serial numbers.
In all cases, we suggest that you contact your insurance company to ensure that they are happy with the method/s of marking you intend to employ