A property marking session will be held at Hedge End Police Station on Saturday January 7th, between 9am and 4pm.
The process is non-destructive, involving the application of a serial number in a special ink which is only visible in Ultra Violet light and which will not damage your property or spoil its appearance.
The serial number is then linked to your personal details, i.e. house number and postcode, on a database.
If your property is stolen and recovered, the Police will look for that serial number and if it is there they will be able to return it to you.
Property marking can be applied to many different types of property, including bicycles, scooters, skateboards, Ipods, mobile phones and games consoles.
Reporting to Hedge End Town Council at their meeting on 21st December, PCSO Tracet Chilcott, of Hedge End said;
We are currently seeing one bicycle a week being stolen from Hedge End train station alone.
And we currently have 10 stolen/recovered bicycles in Hedge End Police station, none of which are security marked.
If those bicycles had been marked, we would have been able to quickly and easily return them to their rightful owners.
We encourage everybody to have their valuable property security marked at this session on 7th January
There will also be an opportunity to talk to the Police about Crime prevention and any concerns in your neighbourhood.
For further information visit www.hampshire.police.uk or speak to them by dialling 101