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Free kits to thwart criminals; STAFFORD.

RESIDENTS in Stafford are being urged to take advantage of a property marking scheme to help reduce thefts this summer.

Police will be offering free kits for residents to stamp ownership on their property including garden tools, lawnmowers and bikes.

Officers believe overtly marked property is harder for the thief to sell on and easier to identify if someone is burgled.

Insp Ian Haigh said: "This campaign aims to deter any would-be thieves by ensuring that expensive tools and pieces of property are security marked to make them less interesting and much more difficult to re-sell.

"Summer is just around the corner and our focus is on gardening and out-of-doors activities such as golf or cycling.

"Lawn mowers, power tools and bicycles are expensive and much sought-after, even though they are re-saleable at a fraction of their cost.

"Providing householders with property marketing kits and reminding people to be extra vigilant and secure tools and gardening equipment away from prying eyes will provide less of an incentive to opportunist thieves."

The packs, available at police stations, contain five tamper-resistant, wraparound, self-laminating labels, an item record card and a permanent black ink marker.
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Date:May 22, 2006
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