Recent Immobilise News & Press
Immobilise helps Police recover stolen property worth over £3 million (22 January 2014)
South Yorkshire Police have recovered stolen property valued over £3million from criminals who are intent on causing misery to South Yorkshire residents and motorists.
Fishing tackle, quad bikes, jewellery, building materials and a lorry carrying a crane are just some of the more unusual items seized by officers since the launch of Operation Lockdown in October 2013.
Electrical items, mainly sat navs, car stereos, TVs, mobile phones and games consoles, have also been recovered from burglaries and vehicle crimes, and where possible, returned to their owners.
Chief Inspector Iain Chorlton said:
Having valuable or personal items stolen from your home or car is a distressing experience so any property we recover and return to people is good news.
We’re doing our utmost to track down criminals and recover stolen items but the public can help us, and more importantly themselves, by registering their property on the Immobilise website.
The online database is quick and free to use, and could help individuals to get their items back if they are lost or stolen. We know that people would rather not have anything stolen in the first place but thanks to Immobilise and the action we are taking, life is becoming more difficult for thieves.
The Force is deploying ‘sting’ vehicles across the county and officers are working closely with Crimestoppers to maximise intelligence and add to the thousand-plus arrests that have already been made during Operation Lockdown.
Between 1 October 2013 and 12 January 2014, police recovered stolen property linked to burglary and vehicle crime in South Yorkshire worth an estimated £3,017,629.
South Yorkshire Police would love to return stolen items to their owners and people can register their valuables free of charge at www.immobilise.com.
Further information about home and vehicle security is available in the Help and advice section of the Force’s website.
Anyone with information about burglary or vehicle crime should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
View the source story at: www.southyorks.police.uk
Don’t let burglars ruin your Christmas (10 December 2013)
Avon & Somerset Police want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Christmas.
Chief Superintendent Jon Stratford who is in charge of burglary for Avon and Somerset Police said:
Over the Christmas period we’ll be working hard to keep you and your property safe. Please do your bit to help us.
After you’ve done your Christmas shopping, if you’ve bought any gadgets for your family and friends then make sure you log anything with a serial number on the national property database Immobilise. This will help us to return your property to you if it’s stolen and will make it harder for thieves to sell on.
I also can’t stress enough the importance or downloading and installing tracking software on your mobiles, tablets and laptops. We’ve had some great results recently where people have activated their tracking software as soon as their phone or tablet has been stolen. Not only did it allow us to catch the thief red-handed, it meant the victim got their property back quickly.
Whether you’re going away for Christmas or staying home to play with all your new toys, there are some simple tips you can follow to keep you and your family safe.
Your home is your castle
- If you’re going away for Christmas, make sure your house looks occupied. It’s worth getting automatic time switches for lights and radios.
- Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your house whilst you’re away – they could park a car on your drive and collect any mail or free newspapers which might otherwise just sit in your porch.
- Cancel deliveries of milk and newspapers discreetly – don’t announce your departure to a shop full of people. Only tell people who need to know you’re going away and don’t post your holiday dates on Facebook or Twitter.
- Don’t have your home address showing on your luggage for the outward journey. Only put this on the inside of your cases.
- Lock the garage and shed with proper security locks. Make sure your tools are locked away so they can’t be used to break into your house.
- Remember to remove the keys from locked doors and windows and to keep them out of sight in a safe place.
- Letter box restrictors can prevent thieves from accessing the lock from the outside.
- Never leave valuables on display by windows or doors, especially those with cat flaps.
- Keep presents out of sight and don’t leave packaging for new electrical goods on display outside your house – keep it out of sight until the recycling is collected.
- Keep handbags, purses and wallets close to you and secure at all times.
- Don’t leave bags hanging on the back of chairs in cafés and restaurants, under tables or in shopping trolleys.
- We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, register all your gear on Immobilise!
Meet your neighbourhood team
Come to one of the local registration events going on across Avon and Somerset, where your local neighbourhood team can help you to register your property on Immobilise. You can also speak to them about any issues you might have and get general crime prevention advice to help keep you safe this winter. Visit the local pages of the Avon & Somerset Police website to get details of your nearest event.
To Protect it Register it is the Christmas message from Police in Lancashire (25 November 2013)
In the run up to Christmas, Preston Police are encouraging members of the public to register their new xbox games console or PS4 on the national property register via www.immobilse.com, as soon as they’ve purchased them.
Approximately 340 games consoles have been stolen as part of thefts, robberies and burglaries in the last 12 months, across the whole of Lancashire. Very few are recovered as victims are unable to distinguish their property with serial numbers or unique markers.
PCSO Stephen Connolly says:
People are starting their Christmas shopping and games such as xboxes and the new ps4 will be very popular. The consoles are highly desirable to thieves as they are lightweight, portable and easy to sell on. Registering the items on www.immobilise.com improves your chances of getting it back if it is lost or stolen.
www.immobilise.com can be used by members of the public and businesses to register their valued possessions or company assets and is used by all UK Police forces to trace owners of lost and stolen property.
Preston City Neighbourhood Teams are working with all city centre retailers stocking the consoles, who will be distributing literature upon purchase as well as displaying ‘To Protect It, Register It’ posters.
For more information and to view the source story please go to: http://www.lancashire.police.uk/news/to-protect-it-register-it
York residents invited to register valuables on national Immobilise database (20 November 2013)
The York Press has reported that residents worried about their property being stolen are being invited to register their items on the Immobilise National Property Register to make it easier to return stolen goods to their owners.
City of York Council is urging people to register their property free of charge using new technology invested in by North Yorkshire Police and the Safer York Partnership during the week-long national campaign. The authority teamed up with police to provide £36,000 to fund the Hermes and Apollo kits.
Hermes allows the police and other organisations to upload details of property by recording identifying features, size or serial numbers, which can be retrieved from the Immobilise National Property Register that the police are able to access securely via the PNC and numerous other interfaces.
Apollo is a hand-held scanner which the police and PCSOs can use to scan an item, store its data on the National Mobile Property Register and retrieve the information when suspected stolen goods come to light.
The eleven sessions for the public are being held so people can either have small items such as smartphones or laptops registered, or can bring details – including photographs – of valuable furniture or serial numbers of bikes, for example.
Coun Linsay Cunningham-Cross, cabinet member for crime, said:
Safer York Partnership is keen to use innovative technology to deliver more effective and efficient responses to tackling crime.
By taking a few minutes to register their property on Hermes and Apollo and pick up security advice, residents can not only help prevent their belongings being stolen in the first place, but can be assured that if something is stolen, they are more likely to get it back.
Supt Phil Cain said:
Often the police recover items during searches or by other means, and it’s not always clear if those goods are stolen.
By using the Immobilise register, they can find out instantly. This not only saves officer time, but helps progress investigations and means the rightful owner gets their belongings back.
The sessions will take place at the council’s West Offices, in Station Rise, on the 19th and 20th November, between 9am and 3pm.
There are also sessions at York Explore library, in Library Square, on Friday 21st from 1pm to 5pm, and on Sunday 23rd from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
There will also be sessions at York University Library from today until Friday, 9am to 3pm, or at York Art Gallery, on Saturday and Sunday, from 9am to 3pm.
To view the source article please go to: http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/
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