Billions of dollars of stolen property each year is never returned to their rightful owners. Why, you may ask? Law enforcement are unable to match items with their owners due to lack of proper identification. Studies have shown that the most stolen items in break-ins are electronics, like flat screen TVs, computers, cell phones and Blu Ray players. After purchasing these items, and others, we often forget to “mark” them as we would our lunch in the work refrigerator. This simple process could actually save you a headache and a lot of money.
The easiest method for this is to simply write down the serial number of your product. If possible, write it down on the receipt of purchase, and store it with your personal records. Another method of marking your property is an engraving or inscription of an identifiable number, like your driver’s license number and state abbreviation. This is perhaps the best and most effective method for marking your property. If for some reason you were to lose or forget the serial number, your “mark” would be on your belongings, ensuring they are returned.
There are various methods of marking your valuables. For some property, you may elect to use a black light pen with the identification above. For others, you may choose to have the item engraved using a simple engraving pen- some local police provide these pens for free. For items that cannot be marked, a simple picture and description is all you need to verify that it is yours.
Burglaries are something no one would wish for, but the reality is they happen, and happen often. The precautions one can take to ensure the protection of their valuables is much easier than the post-robbery process. Not only does having your valuables marked deter a thief from actually stealing the item, it will help officials return the stolen property. As a security company, we want to protect you and your property as best we can; one of the best ways we can do this is by educating our customers. If you have any questions regarding home safety, or would just like more information about J&J Security visit our website or call us at 877-532-SAFE (7233).
Approximately 2,000,000 burglaries are reported each year within the United States. No home or business, regardless of the area’s economic class is immune from them. Moreover, roughly 28 percent of all burglaries are committed while somebody is in the structure. As such, burglaries can be both financially crippling and extremely dangerous. It is extremely important for all businesses and homes to be vigilant when guarding against the potential for a break in. Taking such caution should require the installation of a security system; but it is also important to know what to do when you find yourself in the middle of a home or business burglary.
Oftentimes a burglar will be scared off upon the discovery of a security system. Therefore, some of the more brazen thieves will attempt a break in during the day with the hopes that the security system has not been set. If a victim finds him or herself in this situation, the first thing to do is leave the premises immediately; go to a safe area, and dial 911. If leaving the building is impossible, try to find an enclosed area such as a closet and dial 911 from there. Take mental notes of details such as when the burglary occurred, how many people were involved, try to determine whether they drove or used some other form of transportation.
Identifying thieves’ personal appearance requires getting a closer look. Unfortunately, this is often too dangerous. One should remain in the safest area possible until the burglar(s) have left the scene. While they’re leaving, and outside of the structure is the safest time to try and catch even a glimpse of what the thieves look like. Any piece of information given to law enforcement will greatly aid their efforts in catching the burglars.
Lastly, the most important thing to do after all is said and done is to take precautions in an effort against further break ins. Examine how they got in; this will help the victim discover any weak spots that could be exploited later. Always make sure all windows, doors, and locks are secure. Also, never underestimate the effectiveness of a properly used security system.
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