Worthing residents are urged to join the battle against burglars by logging their valuables on a national website. Immobilise is the world’s largest property register and allows police and the public to work together to make stolen items too hot to handle.
Residents enter the details of their possessions on the free website and report when they have been stolen. Police officers around the UK can then check the details of items they find or seize.
Officers can then look to prosecute whoever they were seized from for burglary or handling stolen goods – and can return the valuables to their rightful owners.
Sussex Police is encouraging residents to use Immobilise as part of Operation Magpie, the force’s crackdown on burglary across the county.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Betts said: “When our officers respond to reports of burglary, they often cannot get enough detailed information about the items which have been stolen – without old boxes for electrical items or photographs of jewellery for example it can be very difficult to accurately identify what has been taken.
“Better information greatly increases the chances of us being able to reunite stolen property with its rightful owner, helps us to get a better picture of which burglaries could be linked and gives us the evidence we need to prove that property is stolen.
“That helps us to link items to burglars and those trading in stolen goods and means we can get offenders off the streets and into the courts.”
25 million people use Immobilise and every week hundreds of people are reunited with their lost or stolen property because of the site.
As well as registering mobile phones and electrical items with serial numbers, residents can also register other items by uploading photographs and giving a description.
They can also use the website to instantly access a list of all their property and to print off certificates of ownership if they need to make a claim to their insurance company.
You can register your property in just a few minutes by visiting www.immobilise.com.