OFFICERS from Shirley Neighbourhood Policing Team will be at the entrance to Shirley Park on Stratford Road, offering a property marking and crime prevention service.
The officers along with their mobile community station will be on hand on Saturday January 31 from 10 am until 4pm.
Property marking enables people to discreetly label their goods. This method allows police to return any items which have been found or retrieved by them, due to loss or theft.
The neighbourhood team are particularly hoping to attract young people that frequent the area as they are likely to be in possession of mobile phones, ipods, MP3 players and pedal cycles, items which can be easily lost or desirable to opportunist thieves.
Although there is a target audience, anyone interested in property marking, crime prevention or neighbourhood issues are invited to attend.
Sergeant Martin Williams, from Shirley police station said: “Property marking is a great and simple method of trying to ensure lost or stolen property is identified and returned to the rightful owners.
“Young people are more likely to become victims of personal robbery and lose the expensive gadgets they often carry around with them.
“Officers want to help increase the amount of property that is returned to the rightful owner, when found or retrieved.
“We are also on hand to provide any advice or support local residents may need”.
For further information please contact Police Sergeant Martin Williams on 0845 1135000 ext 7928 6524