Advice released to keep your gadgets safe

PUBLISHED: 11:45 07 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:58 12 January 2016

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Police say nearly a third of all burglaries are committed by opportunistic thieves.

Devon and Cornwall Police is urging residents to take some simple and effective steps to make their new gadgets less attractive to thieves.

These include marking your property, which makes them worthless to a thief as they are harder to sell on and it increases the chances of them being returned to you by police if they are lost or stolen.

People can also security mark all valuables using various methods, such as writing their house number and postcode on them with a UV pen and by registering them on the national database www.immobilise.com, which can be used instantly to alert police, insurers and second-hand goods traders if any registered item is lost or stolen.

Honiton PCSO Steve Mingo said: “Immobilise allows officers to search the serial numbers of recovered goods or suspected stolen property and take the appropriate action.

“We would also urge people to keep all windows and doors locked and secure - even when you are at home, but in the back garden - as it only takes a few seconds for someone to slip in and take something valuable.

“All expensive items, such as laptops and mobile phones, should be kept away from clear view of windows. By taking these few simple security measures you can reduce the chances of being burgled. Nearly a third of all burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves.”

For more advice on how to mark your property and protecting your home, checkl out visit www.devon-cornwall.police.uk

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