If you love it - register it
" By registering their valuables on www.immobilise.com owners can put details of their prized possessions on a national database that police can access and compare against items that have been found or recovered from suspected criminals."
" The on-line service is totally free and is quick and easy to use. Items marked as being registered with Immobilise are less likely to be stolen, and households displaying Immobilise stickers are less likely to be targeted by burglars."
Greater Manchester Police
£250K New Home Office funding to tackle mobile phone crime
" Linking the National Mobile Phone Register (NMPR) to the Police National Computer (PNC) will also provide enormous benefits to the fight against mobile phone crime. Currently an average of 25% of searches result in the police obtaining vital information that could result in property being retrieved and cases being solved. I believe that putting this invaluable tool at frontline officer's fingertips will see that number rise further. "
Alan Campbell, Home Office Minister
" Last year 835 mobile phones were reported stolen in the district. Registering mobile phones on the immobilise.com website should have an impact in reducing this figure, particularly where phones have been stolen, as the phone can very quickly be blocked on the UK network, rendering it useless to the thief. "
Detective Chief Inspector Shane Sellers, Middlesbrough Police
About the Immobilise system
Immobilise is the world's largest FREE register of possession ownership details and together with its sister sites the Police's NMPR (www.thenmpr.com) and CheckMEND (www.checkmend.com), forms a very effective tool in helping to reduce crime and repatriate recovered personal property to its rightful owners.
Immobilise can be used by members of the public and businesses to register their valued possessions or company assets, and exclusive to Immobilise all account holders registered items and ownership details are viewable on the Police national property database the NMPR (www.thenmpr.com).
This online checking service is used by all UK Police forces to trace owners of lost and stolen property. In addition Immobilise is checked daily by a huge range of recovery agencies and lost property offices.
As a direct result of Immobilise there are over 250 cases a week where property is returned or information collected that assists the Police in investigating criminal activity involving stolen goods.
Immobilise is also the only ownership registration service supported by all UK Police forces, the Greater London Authority, and the Mobile Phone Industry.
Quick links to information on this page:
- How is Immobilise so popular? I'd not heard of it until now!
- Why do the Police support Immobilise?
- What is Immobilise's sister service CheckMEND?
- How is Immobilise funded?
- See the extent of public support for yourself
The Immobilise system was setup in 2003 and has had the support of the Police, mobile phone industry and central government since it's inception. With the support of these and numerous other organisations during the past 6 years the Immobilise service has grown to service over 25 million members in the UK alone.
Although Immobilise has been operation for over 8 years, the free nature of the service means advertising budgets are all but nonexistent.
However the ongoing support of Police and councils who hold marking/registration events, plus the efforts of retailers which offer free registration as a benefit at the point of sale, have helped make immobilise the largest service of its kind in the world.
For the Police, the free Immobilise property registration service is a very powerful tool in the fight against crime. Immobilise along with many other information sources is linked directly to the Police NMPR (National Mobile Property Register). The NMPR allows officers to search the serial numbers of recovered goods or suspected stolen property and then take action accordingly.
The power of the combined Immobilise / NMPR system is best demonstrated by way of an example:
A Police patrol spot an individual acting suspiciously near a carpark often targeted by thieves. They perform a stop and search on the individual and find him to be carrying several mobile phones and MP3 players. They radio through the serial numbers of the devices to their control-room that search the numbers on the NMPR.
The results come back instantly; two of the phones were reported as stolen via Immobilise only a few hours earlier. The suspect is arrested and taken to the station for interview. The possession of the stolen phones gives reasonable grounds for the Police to search the suspect's home where they find numerous items, which again are checked on the NMPR.
The searches reveal several more items that are associated with crimes, one of which was involved a serious assault providing the team investigating the assault with a fresh lead to pursue.
The above example is purely fictitious, but is typical of the way in which registering property on Immobilise can quickly lead to results for the Police, thus helping to reduce the attractiveness of property crime.
To learn more about the NMPR please go to: www.thenmpr.com
CheckMEND (www.checkmend.com) is the world's largest database of over 150 billion records of property providing relevant information to purchasers of used goods. The information that CheckMEND searches against is updated in real-time every few minutes by law enforcement, insurers, industry bodies and the public in over 40 countries.
It is the de facto due-diligence system used by the UK's phone recycling industry to help protect them from accepting or handling stolen goods, and helps achieve compliance with the Recycler Code of Practice, see the Home Office website for more information: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/press-releases/code-practice-stolen-mobiles
CheckMEND, as recommended by eBay (Buying & Selling Mobile Phones Safely on eBay) is also used by consumers globally who wish to check that goods like satnavs, mobile phones, iPods and computers, etc. are not stolen, counterfeit or blocked.
CheckMEND can also help in the sale of an item as each check comes with an official CheckMEND report that can be provided to any potential buyer as proof that the item is legitimate and in many cases, achieve a superior price for the item.
To learn more or run a check now please go to: www.checkmend.com
Immobilise is provided to users free of charge. The property registration service is operated by Recipero (www.recipero.com), who also operate several other services including Police systems such as the NMPR and the loss reporting system "ReportmyLoss" (www.reportmyloss.com).
Immobilise truly is a powerful service offering benefits to everyone, however please don't just take our word for it, have a look online and see what others have to say about the service:
Google Search: See for yourself the extent of support for Immobilise by searching Google for "Immobilise property register"
The Home Office recommends registering your phone on Immobilise, visit homeoffice.gov.uk and search for "Immobilise".
Metropolitan Police: The UK's largest Police force heads up the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit: Metropolitan Police - NMPCU
BBC News: Immobilise receives regular news coverage on both national and regional levels: BBC News