Berkshire Police urge Public to log items on Immobilise to deter thieves

Gadget owners across West Berkshire are being encouraged by local police to register their goods online so that officers can easily track them in the event that they are stolen.

Sgt Alan Hawkett who is part of the local policing team for Bucklebury and Downlands is leading the initiative and wants people to register their equipment on to the Immobilise website. The free web-site records unique serial numbers for many items including i-pads and bicycles so that police can track them in the event that they are stolen.

Historically, if you had your television stolen you wouldn’t have the serial number

This scheme allows you to upload this information on to the Immobilise system.

If an item is stolen the public needs to notify both the police and Immobilise, which will then enable us to be able to see it as a stolen item on the site with the serial number.

Sgt Hawkett feels that use of this system will help deter thieves because;

soon it will become common knowledge that people can label their property which is then identifiable to the police.

The information stored on the website will only be accessed by officers in the event of a theft being reported, says Sgt Hawkett.

The police have already been successful in encouraging members of the public to sign up to the scheme. Since June 245 items were registered on the service at a three-hour session for members of the public, and a further 23 on July 25 at an event in Thatcham, followed by 33 sign-ups on August 2nd.

The police were also in Newbury town centre last Saturday between 6pm and 11pm informing members of the public of the scheme and Sgt Hawkett says that 36 accounts were created at the session. Banjo Cycles and Specialised Concept Store in Newbury are both involved with the project and support it.

To view the source story please go to: www.newburytoday.co.uk/2014/public-urged-to-log-items-online-to-deter-thieves 

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    Sussex Police urge residents to register on Immobilise to help identify recovered property

    Sussex Police Operation MagpieSussex Police are urging the public to join the battle against burglars by logging their valuables on the Immobilise National Property Register which allows police and the public to work together to make stolen items too hot to handle.

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

    Police officers not just in Sussex but around the UK can then check the details of items that they find or seize against the database. By confirming that the seized items had been stolen, officers can then look to prosecute whoever they were seized from for burglary or handling stolen goods – and can return the valuables to their rightful owners.

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

    In support of Operation Magpie and Immobilise Registration Sussex Police have also produced an informative video that can be watched on youtube: Sussex Police Youtube video promoting Immobilise

    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.

    That helps us to link items to burglars and those trading in stolen goods and means we can get offenders off the streets and into the courts.

    Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, is backing the campaign urging residents to register their property. She said:

    I’d like to see as many residents as possible playing their part in helping to beat burglary in Sussex.

    It’s simple – and it’s free – to register your personal items on the website and I hope people will do so. As well as making it easier for the police to track down registered owners, it can also act as a deterrent as it makes it harder for thieves to sell items on because they can be identified.

    As well as registering mobile phones and electrical items with serial numbers, residents can also register other items by uploading photographs and giving a description.

    They can also use the website to instantly access a list of all their property and to print off certificates of ownership if they need to make a claim to their insurance company.

    You can register your property in just a few minutes by visiting www.immobilise.com.

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      Over 650 bicycles now registered onto Immobilise by cycle shops in Hull

      Humberside Police and cycle shops across Hull are continuing to work together with more than 650 new cycles registered onto www.immobilise.com by stores since the end of May 2014.

      Cycle shops across Hull assist customers with registering their newly purchased or repaired cycles for free onto the property registration site at point of purchase. Once they have completed the registration forms with customers in store, Humberside Police Community Safety Volunteers then set up the on-line accounts.
      Once registered with an account the owners are then encouraged to add further property onto their personal immobilise account.
      www.immobilise.com is a FREE web based property recording system, endorsed and searchable by all UK Police Forces. This is a fantastic tool, used by police across the UK. It allows members of the public to register property details of cycles, mobile phones and other electricals on-line for FREE, which then assists police in returning items to their rightful owners and helps bring offenders to justice.
      In addition to Police searching for stolen property, registered second hand dealers and mobile phone recyclers frequently access the data and are assisting in the fight against the market in stolen goods.
      If a member of the public was to buy a secondhand item they could also check it for a small cost on www.checkmend.com/uk/, prior to purchase.
      To date the following thirteen stores have completed this service for their customers in Hull:
      • Bob’s Bikes, Beverley Road.
      • Cliff Pratt Cycles, Spring Bank.
      • Doug Scott Cycles, Beverley Road.
      • East Coast Bicycles, Princess Avenue.
      • Freetown Sports, Prospect Street.
      • Halfords, St Andrews Quay.
      • Ken Ellerker Cycles, Chanterlands Avenue.
      • Jobes Cycles, Anlaby Road.
      • Jobes Cycles, Holderness Road.
      • Motor World, Hessle Road.
      • Richardson’s Cycles, Marfleet Lane.
      • Star Bikes, Willerby Road.
      • Steve’s Cycles, Chanterlands Avenue.
      As part of continued support for tackling cycle crime, East Coast Cycles on Princes Avenue, Hull are holding a cycle marking event for bike owners on Saturday 19 July 2014 between 1000hrs and 1700hrs.
      The local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be assisting in cycle marking cycles in a gazebo at the front of the store and with refreshments provided by the store.
      Chris Hardy, Hull’s Second Hand Dealers Officer said: “Cycle stores have been quick to embrace the opportunity to support the police in tackling cycle crime. The fact over 650 new cycles have been registered in just over six weeks is an excellent up take. I hope by increasing cycles registered on-line we can reduce cycle thefts in the city, with thieves reluctant to take property which is identifiable and thus can lead to prosecution for stealing or even handling stolen property.
      “People really should consider using the website “CheckMEND” to check any second-hand cycle, or indeed any item with a unique serial number, they are looking to purchase. Humberside Police are uploading the serial / frame number of all items reported to us as stolen, onto the database and the use of CheckMEND checks protects members of the public from inadvertently buying stolen goods”.

      For more information please visit:

      Read the source store in full: www.humberside.police.uk/newsmedia/hull-over-650-cycles-registered-onto-wwwimmobilisecom-by-cycle-shops

      The Immobilise Property Register: www.immoblise.com

      Consumer electronics background history reports: www.checkMEND.com/uk/

      The Humberside Police website: www.humberside.police.uk

       

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        Recipero, mobile device-led data and intelligence specialists, appoint Greg Post as President, North America.

        DENVER, CO. – July 16, 2014 – Recipero is delighted to announce the appointment of Greg Post as President, North America and at the same time the opening of new offices in Denver, Colorado.

        Greg Post, President, North America

        Recipero specializes in device-led data solutions. This includes delivering critical intelligence to many organizations helping with fraud prevention, crime investigation, transaction verification, device due-diligence and registry building.

        The business’ solutions include CheckMEND that is used for checking the authenticity of ownership of devices by many US retailers, cellular operators and recyclers. These include Sprint, GameStop, Gazelle and Ingram Micro.

        The Patriot insurance fraud investigation tool is used by cell phone and consumer electronics insurers in the US and UK.

        Recipero has a long-standing relationship with US law enforcement and has recently been invited to join the FCC’s Mobile Device Theft Working Group. Many organizations see Recipero’s solutions as key to reducing handset crime in the same way they have been used by UK police for the past ten years to great effect.

        Mark Harman, CEO of Recipero, said, “This is a very exciting stage of the business’ development at a time when our data solutions have a critical role to play in helping all stakeholders reduce device crime in its various forms. In Greg we have joined forces with a well-known and highly respected telecom professional who will help spearhead our development over the coming years”.

        As President, North America Greg Post is responsible for overseeing the growth, operations, and business development with wireless carriers, recyclers and retailers, insurance companies and law enforcement agencies in North America.
        Greg has over 20 years executive experience of telecommunications and general management experience with Fortune 100 companies and venture-backed start-ups. He has held significant and varied positions in international and domestic wireless operations, business development, marketing and sales. This experience includes executive positions with T-Mobile, Cricket, Sprint Nextel, Nextel International and AT&T.
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          Immobilise helps Hull bike shops and police crackdown on cycle theft

          The Hull Daily Mail has reported that bike  shop owners are joining forces with police to tackle the scourge of cycle theft. Participating stores are encouraging people that purchase new bikes to register them on the online Immobilise National Property Database.

          If the bike is stolen and recovered, police will be able to check the database via their NMPR system and return it to its owner.

          Chris Hardy, Hull’s secondhand dealers officer, said:

          Cycle stores have been quick to embrace the opportunity to support the police with this initiative, which is a fantastic opportunity for their customers to get their cycles registered on Immobilise before they leave the store.

          By increasing the number of cycles registered online, I hope we can reduce cycle thefts in the city, as thieves will be reluctant to take property that is identifiable and can lead to prosecution for stealing the cycles or even handling stolen property.

          As well as cycles, other property can be registered by the public on to the system once an account has been set up.

          Bike theft has been rising in the city with an increase in shed and garage break-ins.

          Ainthorpe Primary School pupil Grace Horton, nine, was reunited with her beloved bike three days after a burglary at her family’s home in West Hull. It had been stamped and added to Immobilise during an event run by police at the school.

          Her mum Julie said:

          She was inconsolable when I told her it had been stolen, even when I said I would buy her a new bike.

          She said she just wanted her old one back.

          Grace’s bike was found dumped outside a house three days after the break-in last month. The occupant called the police, who checked the their systems and realised it belonged to Grace.

          Miss Horton said:

          She was absolutely over the moon when the police said she could have her bike back.

          I am so pleased she had it stamped, otherwise we never would have seen it again.

          For more information please visit:

          The Immobilise Property Register: www.immoblise.com

          The Humberside Police website: www.humberside.police.uk

          For the source story please go to: www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Hull-bike-shops-crackdown-cycle-theft 

           

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            CheckMEND helps Police return phone after it is spotted on eBay

            The Metropolitan Police have reported that a mobile phone that was recorded as being stolen in Croydon has been returned to its owner after police managed to track it down when the phone was sold on eBay.

            The victim, a 32 year-old woman, reported to police that her phone had been stolen in Croydon town centre on Monday, 10 March. Initial enquiries failed to identify any suspects, as the shop’s CCTV had not recorded the incident.

            However, police received an alert via their NMPR system that the phone’s IMEI number had been checked by somebody using the CheckMEND service – a service that allows people to see if a phone has been reported stolen or been blocked.

            Through further enquiries, officers managed to identify that the phone had been put up for sale on the auction website within hours of if being reported stolen. Officers eventually identified the seller and on Thursday 17 April a 29-year-old woman was subsequently interviewed by police. She claimed to have found the phone in the town centre and decided to sell it on. She provided officers with the details of the person to whom she had sold the phone, and after further enquiries, the police were able to retrieve the phone from the buyer and return it to the owner on 17 April.

            The 29-year-old woman was cautioned for the offence of theft by finding.

            PC Robert Sidney from the Broad Green Safer Neighbourhoods Team, who investigated the case

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            This case highlights two important points. Firstly, if you’re buying a phone second-hand or over the Internet, then it is definitely worth checking to see if it has been reported stolen. You can do this through the CheckMEND website and whilst there is a small fee, it could save you a lot of money later on.

            Secondly, whether you find a phone or any other expensive item or gadget in the street, then you could be committing an offence by simply keeping it. You should contact police or attend a police station to hand it in. If it doesn’t get claimed by the owner then it will be given to the finder, but if you just keep

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            To view the source stories please see:

            MET Police: met.police.uk/News/Stolen-phone-returned-to-owner-by-police

            Croydon Guardian: croydonguardian.co.uk/news/

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              Lancashire police launch CheckMEND safe seller scheme

              SafeSeller-scheme-poster-lancashireA new scheme aimed at preventing stolen goods being sold by second-hand shops was launched in Preston at the start of April.

              The online CheckMEND service allows shops to search the National Mobile Property Register and other sources when purchasing items to find out if the item has been reported as lost or stolen. If this proves to be the case, the Police can then work to reunite the property with its’ rightful owner as well as taking the appropriate measures against whoever has tried to sell on lost or stolen property for their own financial gain.

              In addition, second-hand shops in the area also receive regular alerts about items that have been reported as lost or stolen from across the county via Lancashire Police’s In The Know messaging system. Shops taking part in the scheme can be identified by the distinctive posters on display in their windows proclaiming them as a Safe Seller.

              This scheme has been set up in conjunction with Preston City Council’s Licensing team, who along with the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC) has funded the purchase of transaction books to help shops when they are purchasing items.

              CheckMEND’s ‘Safe Seller’ scheme is established in other towns and cities nationwide, and has already had some success with several arrests being made and numerous items of property being recovered and returned to their owners, including a mobile phone which was stolen during a burglary in Scotland.

              PCSO Stephen Connelly said;

              The CheckMEND system has already been proved in other areas of the country, and really does help to ensure shops are not selling on stolen goods and putting money into the hands of criminals.

              Therefore, I would encourage Preston’s second-hand shops to sign up to the scheme, and our residents to vote with their feet and use the second-hand shops in Preston signed up to the Safe Seller scheme, so we can make Preston’s shops the most trusted in the area and ones which criminals cannot use to benefit from their illegal activities.

              Councillor Robert Boswell, Preston City Council’s Cabinet Member for Community and Environment, said;

              This new CheckMEND scheme is a great way for people to buy with confidence and be reassured that the products they are buying are legitimate and not stolen.

              We would ask all traders in Preston that sell second hand goods to sign up to the scheme so that both they and their customers do not become victims of crime by unwittingly selling on stolen goods.

              CheckMEND is successfully run in other parts of the country and we are pleased that people in Preston are now able to buy goods more safely as a result of the scheme.

              Neil Stewart from Recipero, the provider of the CheckMEND system, said;

              CheckMEND is used by thousands of businesses throughout the UK, helping them avoid criminality and the costs associated with it.

              Recipero has always worked closely with police to address mobile phone crime and the CheckMEND Safe Seller Scheme is a key part of our commitment to tackle this ongoing issue.

              For more information please see:

              Lancashire Police: www.lancashire.police.uk

              CheckMEND: www.checkmend.com 

              The Police NMPR: www.thenmpr.com 

               

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                Durham Police launch cycle theft campaign

                DurhamInfinity4Durham Police have launched  ‘Operation Spoke’ a initiative aimed at reducing bicycle theft across County Durham & Darlington.

                As part of Operation Spoke Durham Constabulary will be working closely with local cycle retailers,  Immobilise.com and other organisations to introduce a bicycle marking scheme to property mark and register bicycles in County Durham and Darlington.

                The aim of the scheme is that every new cycle sold will be marked and registered to their new owner. Current bicycle owners can also attend their local cycle retailers, police stations and other cycle marking events to have their cycle(s) marked and registered under the scheme.

                Crime Prevention Officer PC David Williamson said:

                This really is a fantastic opportunity for anyone wishing to protect their bicycle, a simple yet highly effective method of preventing a bicycle from being taken and it takes only a few minutes.

                All customers who sign up to the scheme will be asked to complete a registration document, details provided will then be put onto a database so that Police can check the identity of cycles to identify them and to target bicycle thieves.

                The officer launching the initiative, Det Supt Kevin Weir said:

                The key benefit of the scheme is that should a bicycle be stolen it will be easy to identify by police. This means a stolen bicycle will be easy to return to a rightful owner.

                I am also hopeful that the introduction of this scheme will be a deterrent to bicycle thieves. The message I want to send out is simple; if you are buying a new bicycle for Christmas this year or indeed into 2014, please register it with your retailer as part of Operation Spoke. Our aim is to get as many bikes as possible registered under the scheme, reducing the opportunity for bicycle theft across our force area.

                People are asked to contact their local neighbourhood policing team, police station or cycle retailer for further information about the scheme.

                To view the source story please go to: www.durham.police.uk

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                  Immobilise helps Police recover stolen property worth over £3 million

                  South Yorkshire Police have recovered stolen property valued over £3million from criminals who are intent on causing misery to South Yorkshire residents and motorists.

                  Fishing tackle, quad bikes, jewellery, building materials and a lorry carrying a crane are just some of the more unusual items seized by officers since the launch of Operation Lockdown in October 2013.

                  Electrical items, mainly sat navs, car stereos, TVs, mobile phones and games consoles, have also been recovered from burglaries and vehicle crimes, and where possible, returned to their owners.

                  Chief Inspector Iain Chorlton said:

                  Having valuable or personal items stolen from your home or car is a distressing experience so any property we recover and return to people is good news.

                  We’re doing our utmost to track down criminals and recover stolen items but the public can help us, and more importantly themselves, by registering their property on the Immobilise website.

                  The online database is quick and free to use, and could help individuals to get their items back if they are lost or stolen. We know that people would rather not have anything stolen in the first place but thanks to Immobilise and the action we are taking, life is becoming more difficult for thieves.

                  The Force is deploying ‘sting’ vehicles across the county and officers are working closely with Crimestoppers to maximise intelligence and add to the thousand-plus arrests that have already been made during Operation Lockdown.

                  Between 1 October 2013 and 12 January 2014, police recovered stolen property linked to burglary and vehicle crime in South Yorkshire worth an estimated £3,017,629.

                  South Yorkshire Police would love to return stolen items to their owners and people can register their valuables free of charge at www.immobilise.com.

                  Further information about home and vehicle security is available in the Help and advice section of the Force’s website.

                  Anyone with information about burglary or vehicle crime should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800

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                  View the source story at: www.southyorks.police.uk

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                    Recipero launches CheckMEND Charter to cut cell phone crime

                    Recipero, the global experts in device-led data and analytics solutions, today have announced the launch of the CheckMEND Charter.

                    The CheckMEND Charter was created as a means of establishing an industry-led set of best practices to prevent trading of stolen consumer electronics. In addition to protecting consumers and helping to avoid confusion and frustration, Charter participants pledge to actively help law enforcement agencies combat theft and fraud related to consumer electronics.

                    Several of the US’s biggest consumer electronics retail, reCommerce and recycling companies are already operating in

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                    Gazelle was the first US consumer electronics trade-in site to deploy CheckMEND and continue to demonstrate their commitment to the consumer and industry through their involvement with the Charter and its creation.

                    Israel Ganot, CEO, Gazelle.

                    “When we first entered into a partnership with Recipero to leverage the CheckMEND tool, our goal was quite simple: to prevent thieves from benefiting from stolen consumer electronics, the new CheckMEND Charter takes this a step further, not only ensuring that Gazelle will never pay a consumer for a device that has been reported as lost or stolen, but to also ensure law enforcement agencies can more effectively combat consumer electronic device theft.

                    The CheckMEND Charter is a voluntary scheme, open to trade users of CheckMEND who agree to abide by its principles. In support of the Charter and its members, Recipero’s experienced CheckMEND team act as a trusted third party to help troubleshoot any issues that consumers may encounter with devices that are rejected.

                    Mark Harman, CEO of Recipero, commented:

                    “The adoption of the US Charter is something we have been working toward for several months. Our experience of the implementation of similar schemes in the UK has demonstrated that voluntary codes of practice such as this Charter have a measurable impact on mobile device related crime, results that we believe can be replicated in the US.”

                    More details on the requirements for Charter members is available online: www.checkmend.com/us/charter.

                    CheckMEND is delivered online in real-time and is a cutting-edge analytics tool used to more accurately detect lost and stolen consumer electronics. The database is the most complete listing of devices available, comprised of data from major wireless carriers and law enforcement entities globally.

                    The CheckMEND service assists everyone from eBay users to mega retailers and recyclers like Gazelle to avoid lost, blocked and stolen devices.

                     

                    About Recipero

                    Recipero (www.recipero.com) is trusted by thousands of clients and data providers to securely aggregate, analyze and interrogate data. Forming part of millions of decision making processes and transactions every month, Recipero’s device-led data and analytics solutions are provided online, in real-time, and are used globally by law enforcement, wireless carriers, insurers, recyclers, retailers and consumers.

                    About Gazelle

                    Gazelle is the nation’s leading consumer electronics trade-in site, providing an easy, fast and safe way for consumers to get cash for their unwanted devices. For more information on Gazelle and its participation in the CheckMEND Charter, visit: www.gazelle.com

                     

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