Property Marking and Serial Number Recording

Alert message sent 29/10/2020 14:36:00

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Recently during our work we have conducted a number of warrants at various premises across our county and we have recovered suspected stolen items. When we try and locate an owner for these items we have found items not marked with any identifying marks, they aren’t fitted with DNA products or when we have checked the Police system the serial numbers aren’t on the system this is because they were never provided to police at the time that the crimes were recorded or because the incidents were never reported to Dorset Police.

Today PCSO 6386 and PC 350 have been working our way through items trying to locate owners and the good news is we have managed to locate 1 item’s owner which was stolen from a tradesperson back in December 2014. That tradesperson had a very unexpected phone call from PC 350 to tell him that we had located his stolen item. We were able to do this thanks to him marking the tool box with his business name and contact phone number.

Please help us to keep on locating owners of stolen items by:

• Record serial numbers for your property such as cordless power tools, petrol gardening tools and any other items that have a serial number on it then if items are stolen please notify Dorset Police and give the call taker the serial numbers to be placed on to the system. Make and model aren’t good enough to prove ownership.

• Mark your property by engraving or painting your initials, postcode, business name or phone number into the item and any carrying boxes also consider using DNA marking systems such as Datatag, SmartWater or SelectaDNA these are invisible to the naked eye and we always look for them.

By doing these simple things it may increase the likelihood of us finding you as an owner should we recover stolen items with these on.

Thank you Dorset Police Rural Crime Team.
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Tom Balchin (Dorset Police , Police Community Support Officer, Rural Crime Team, Dorset)

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