Tips to Recover Your Stolen Items
Residential burglaries are on the rise — about six every minute. While it’s bad enough to lose something this way, it’s even worse when police recover items and don’t know to whom to return them.
You can prevent this by marking all valuables for easy identification. Secret dots and marks? They’re only good when you want to prove something is yours. Police need a way to contact you. The best way, rather than name or address, is a telephone number and area code — because stolen goods often cross many state lines. If such information is written with a pen, thieves might find and erase it.
Instead, use a carbide or diamond-tipped engraver. Scratch your number permanently into a metal panel on the back or underneath. For glass, there’s inexpensive etching kits. One of the best is an ultra-violet pen that’s invisible until placed under an ultra-violet lamp. Check them out at home and hardware centers, so you can recover all of your valuables.