Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens is encouraging people to register their property as part of a campaign launched by Avon and Somerset Police this week.
The campaign sees Avon and Somerset Police teaming up with Tesco, who are going to be giving out information to all their electrical customers across Avon and Somerset for the next two weeks, about a special national property database called www.immobilise.com
Anyone who signs up to www.immobilise.com has a much greater chance of getting their stuff back if it ever gets stolen or lost.
Registering your property on the website can also deter thieves because it makes it harder for them to sell-on the property because it can be identified.
It can also help in the detection of crimes like burglary. There is nothing more frustrating than catching a thief with suspected stolen property but being unable to find its owner but it also makes it difficult to prosecute offenders because it cannot be proved that the item is stolen.
One of Ms Mountstevens priorities is burglary and she has pledged to tackle and reduce burglary and support the police in their work to reduce the opportunity for criminals to profit from stolen goods. Immobilise is just one of the ways you can help beat the burglars.
Mrs Mountstevens said: "We want as many people as possible to register their property on the database.
"It's simple and free to do and means that if an item is found, it allows the police to search the database to find the registered owner. Ultimately it means you improve your chances of getting your item back if it is lost or stolen."
For more information visit the Immobilise website www.immobilise.com
Posted on Wednesday 23rd January 2013