Received electronics from Santa? Use a UV pen, free from Havering Council, to beat the burglars

PUBLISHED: 11:59 02 January 2014 | UPDATED: 11:59 02 January 2014

If, like many, you found electronics like iPads and smartphones under the tree this Christmas, don’t let thieves spoil things – that’s the message from Havering Council.

Use a UV pen to write your postcode and house number inside your gifts – ideally inside the battery compartment. You should also record the IMEI number of the device – which can be used to disable a phone even if the sim card is changed.

Find the IMEI number of any smartphone or iPad by typing *#06# on your keypad.

Other valuable items such as bikes should be marked in areas with minimum wear and tear. You can obtain stickers from the council warning thieves that items are security coded, which could act as a deterrent. Pens are also available on a first come, first served basis from Kevin Jolly: 01708 432 880.

Havering Council’s cabinet member for community safety Cllr Geoff Starns said: “The chance of being burgled in Havering is low but when it does happen it can be very upsetting. Postcoding valuable presents helps the police return them to their rightful owners if they get stolen and then recovered.”

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