Record what you own, protect what’s yours

2015-05-05 06:00
Police urge residents to keep record of their property. If the property is stolen it’s easier for police to track down the stolen items. 

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Police urge residents to keep record of their property. If the property is stolen it’s easier for police to track down the stolen items. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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Bicycle owners in the Claremont police cluster are urged to keep a record of their property in the event it is stolen. This will assist police in tracking down stolen bikes.

Jonathan Hobday, chairperson of the Mowbray Community Police Forum, says it has been reported that a number of bicycles have been stolen in the Claremont police precinct in the last couple of weeks.

“Bicycles are more and more becoming the target of thieves. We had another mountain bike stolen in our precinct and now the police have made a special request to bike owners for an ID for their bikes,” he says.

Hobday says the ID must include a photo of the bike and owners should keep a record of the bike’s serial number.

“This will assist police greatly in tracking down stolen bikes, convicting the thieves and ensuring that stolen bikes are returned to their rightful owners,” he says.

Meanwhile the Rondebosch police are also making a request to residents to mark their property of not only bicycles, so that there can be no doubt as to ownership.

Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam, spokesperson of Rondebosch police, says it deters others from taking property because of the difficulties involved in off-loading identifiable property and helps police to recover and return items which may have been stolen.

“A personal, detailed inventory should be kept of all your property. Record serial numbers, makes, models and full descriptions of your property, along with photographs, if possible. When your inventory is complete, keep the list in a safe place,” he says.

Sisam says this will help police recover stolen items and will assist in case of insurance claims.

And this will greatly expedite police investigations and can greatly increase the chances of recovering the property.

What you should mark

Items suggested to record are those most often stolen. It is therefore important that as many as possible of these items are marked regardless of value.

These items include radios, computer equipment, cameras, speakers, televisions, laptops, tools, box sporting goods, CD players, musical equipment and MP3 players.

“Partner with us to address the crime in the area by taking the time to ID your property,” Sisam says

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