Police have launched a new webpage, www.registermythings.co.uk, to encourage people to register their property, so that if it is ever lost or stolen and retrieved by police, it can be returned.
The webpage is part of a wider campaign which features billboard advertisements, web ads on BRMB and Kerrang and advertisements on public transport.
The easy to remember registermythings.co.uk webpage links to free national property database, www.immobilise.com. The ‘register my things’ campaign has been produced to remind people how inconvenient it can be when a valued piece of equipment such as a mobile phone is lost along with important numbers and picture messages. The message is ‘register your things so you’re more likely to get them back’.
Registering your property can mean the difference between losing property for ever and the possibility of having lost or stolen property retrieved. Police check Immobilise on a daily basis to see if property is registered, so that it can be identified and returned.
Officers also have the ability to check the IMEI numbers (unique serial numbers) of mobile phones brought into custody with prisoners, so if they have been registered as stolen by the network service provider, officers can make further investigations.
If a phone is registered on Immobilise officers are able to contact the registered owner.
Registration is simple – visit www.registermythings.co.uk and click through to ‘immobilise’. Immobilise allows people to enter their address details and log the items you would like to register.
In the case of mobile phones, the unique serial number, can be found underneath the battery or by dialling *#06#
Immobilise is not just for registering electrical items; you can register anything such as bikes, art and furniture, which can be marked and identified using an ultra violet property marking pen.
A short video, which explains the benefits of property registration, can be viewed by visiting www.registermythings.co.uk and on the West Midlands Police YouTube site.
Information about property registration can be found on www.registermythings.co.uk, www.immobilise.com or by visiting www.youtube.com and searching for “West Midlands Police”.
Police can also be found on www.facebook.com by searching for “West Midlands Police”.