Make stolen goods too hot to handle for crooks, say police

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JOIN the battle against burglars by registering valuables online.

That is the message from police who are urging people to make stolen items too hot to handle by registering with Immobilise.

Residents can enter the details of their possessions on the free website and then report when they have been stolen.

Police officers, both locally and nationally, can then check the details of items that they find or seize against the database.

Sussex Police is encouraging residents to use Immobilise as part of Operation Magpie, the force’s crackdown on burglary.

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.’

Katy Bourne, Sussex police and crime commissioner, said: ‘I’d like to see as many residents as possible playing their part in helping to beat burglary.’