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Get your property marked

Monday 15th December 2014

SHOPPERS in Maidstone are being given the opportunity to get their valuables protectively marked at a number of property marking events in the town centre.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays in December, between 11am and 1pm, local police community support officers will be based in The Mall to mark items such as mobile phones and help with logging the items on online property databases.

Bicycle owners will also be able to get their bikes marked, with six dates booked in at bicycle outlets.

The dates for these are:

18 December, between 2pm and 4pm at Cycles UK in Lower Stone Street

22 and 23 December, between 11am and 1pm at Cycles UK in Lower Stone Street

19, 20 and 21 December, between 11am and 1pm at Evans Cycles in Tonbridge Road

Property marking in The Mall will take place on December 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 and 18 near the information counter.

In addition to the property marking events, anybody who purchases a mobile phone in Maidstone town centre will be given an information leaflet with details on how to secure your phone. Property marking pens will also be available.

PCSO Caroline Wayland said: “Christmas is naturally a very busy time in terms of the sale of items like mobile phones and bicycles so we want to do as much as we can to help residents protect these items, and are working with retailers across the town to do this. The more items that we get marked and logged means it is all the more difficult for people to trade in stolen property and hopefully prevent people becoming a victim of crime.’