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Protect your belonging for FREE with Immobilise - The National Property Register - Tech, bikes, anything of value.

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Found 29th Nov
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With Christmas coming up, households will have a LOT more technology in their homes. Protect them in case of theft / burglary, by logging them in the Immobilise system, so if someone tries to sell it on, they'll have trouble!

It's TOTALLY FREE to use, and in case of theft / burglary, you have a record of the items specific info - Device ID, Serial, etc. You can get it reported to the CheckMEND system to see if it is ever found by someone too!

An absolute MUST if you want to secure your belongings, and have a chance at them being returned. It's free so a no brainer.

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It's useless. Years ago I had 6 devices on it, 4 of them got lost/stolen. Been over 4 years and no trace of any of them.

I'd rather insure them & get them replaced with new that have something back after some lowlife has knocked it 7 ways to Hell

RoosterNo12 m ago

Give a company a nice catalogue of all your goodies ?Can't wait until …Give a company a nice catalogue of all your goodies ?Can't wait until they get hacked, and the shopping list appears on the black market.... No thanks


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Already subscribed on purchase of one x scorpio via amazon link. Excellent post, have some heat

It's useless. Years ago I had 6 devices on it, 4 of them got lost/stolen. Been over 4 years and no trace of any of them.

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tjchelsea1 m ago

Already subscribed on purchase of one x scorpio via amazon link. …Already subscribed on purchase of one x scorpio via amazon link. Excellent post, have some heat


Glad to hear of existing users. Definitely worth registering EVERYTHING. I've got speakers, Echo Dots, Cameras, Computers, etc all linked to it. Can never be too careful.

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vikasbhasin2 m ago

It's useless. Years ago I had 6 devices on it, 4 of them got lost/stolen. …It's useless. Years ago I had 6 devices on it, 4 of them got lost/stolen. Been over 4 years and no trace of any of them.


But you DO have a log of your devices, for your records. So, if you took those into local shops, etc, they could have checked for you if they had had any interaction with them.

Sure, the website doesn't automatically get the items back, but it gives you a fighting chance at being reunited.
Edited by: "SmilingT" 29th Nov

I'd rather insure them & get them replaced with new that have something back after some lowlife has knocked it 7 ways to Hell

vikasbhasin32 m ago

It's useless. Years ago I had 6 devices on it, 4 of them got lost/stolen. …It's useless. Years ago I had 6 devices on it, 4 of them got lost/stolen. Been over 4 years and no trace of any of them.


Well the police have to actually find them first
Edited by: "Rich44" 29th Nov

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Rich4451 s ago

I'd rather insure them & get them replaced with new that have something …I'd rather insure them & get them replaced with new that have something back after some lowlife has knocked it 7 ways to Hell



Me too, though this is an OK substitute if you want to log your property in a free and easy way.

It works nicely with insurance too I guess as you've got logs to show them

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Rich4459 s ago

It works nicely with insurance too I guess as you've got logs to show them


Yep, and the nice thing about the website (which, yes, you could do yourself), is it gives you the option to upload photos. So, if you've got a creat stinking scratch on the screen / exterior of a phone, a photo could provide the evidence you need if it ever resurfaced, etc etc.

Heat added. The free nature of immobilise and cheap nature of checkmend together must, if well promoted, be the biggest tools in fighting crime of this nature. Thanks for the heads up as I had no idea of their existence. I have already recomended these sites to others to fight crime over Christmas

Just been robbed and having serial numbers of items recorded is so important, afternoon time is high risk for house thefts.

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googley26 m ago

Just been robbed and having serial numbers of items recorded is so …Just been robbed and having serial numbers of items recorded is so important, afternoon time is high risk for house thefts.


Sorry to hear of this. Hopefully you're on the road to fixing things?

Thank you but its going to take a long time especially the fear of being here and not wanting to go out again - or stay here with a boarded up door.

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googley221 s ago

Thank you but its going to take a long time especially the fear of being …Thank you but its going to take a long time especially the fear of being here and not wanting to go out again - or stay here with a boarded up door.


:-( Did your insurance help?

Give a company a nice catalogue of all your goodies ?
Can't wait until they get hacked, and the shopping list appears on the black market....

No thanks

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RoosterNo151 s ago

Give a company a nice catalogue of all your goodies ?Can't wait until …Give a company a nice catalogue of all your goodies ?Can't wait until they get hacked, and the shopping list appears on the black market.... No thanks


Immobilise is the world's largest FREE register of possession ownership details and together with its sister sites the Police's NMPR and CheckMEND, forms a very effective tool in helping to reduce crime and repatriate recovered personal property to its rightful owners.

Immobilise can be used by members of the public and businesses to register their valued possessions or company assets, and exclusive to Immobilise all account holders registered items and ownership details are viewable on the Police national property database the NMPR.

This online checking service is used thousands of times each day by UK Police forces to trace owners of lost and stolen property.

As a direct result of Immobilise there are hundreds of cases a week where property is returned or information collected that assists the Police in investigating criminal activity involving stolen goods.

Immobilise is also the only ownership registration service supported by all UK Police forces, the Greater London Authority, and the Mobile Phone Industry.

RoosterNo12 m ago

Give a company a nice catalogue of all your goodies ?Can't wait until …Give a company a nice catalogue of all your goodies ?Can't wait until they get hacked, and the shopping list appears on the black market.... No thanks


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I want to give this heat, however when my bike got stolen and plod turned up 2 months later to interview me about it. (x2 of them) They werent even aware of immobilize. So I have to describe my bike, read the serial number out from immobilise so they could write it down in their notebook. Even had to spell pannier for them. It was painful!

Should be you mark it stolen, add some details and it goes straight onto the plod database this is 2017 after all, but no its still notebooks, rekeying, a car journey over rather than actually solving crime......

mcrobbj21 m ago

I want to give this heat, however when my bike got stolen and plod turned …I want to give this heat, however when my bike got stolen and plod turned up 2 months later to interview me about it. (x2 of them) They werent even aware of immobilize. So I have to describe my bike, read the serial number out from immobilise so they could write it down in their notebook. Even had to spell pannier for them. It was painful!Should be you mark it stolen, add some details and it goes straight onto the plod database this is 2017 after all, but no its still notebooks, rekeying, a car journey over rather than actually solving crime......


With bright minds like that pair on the case, the culprit is sure to be brought to justice!

SuperEd

Good reminder, thanks OP

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goonertillidie8 m ago

Good reminder, thanks OP


No problem. Better to have a record, and be safe than sorry!

Pretty useless to be honest. The best thing you can do to protect your valuables is insure them. If you lose them, or they get stolen, you have very little chance of getting them back, unless they're high value and the police are interested.

I remember when I had £300 worth of luggage stolen. I could pinpoint the time and the place to about a 5 minute accuracy as it happened on public transport. I was told to check CCTV it would cost hundrds of pounds so no chance of that being done. I actually suspect the luggage was pocketed by the train staff themselves.
Edited by: "supermann" 29th Nov

vultan9991 h, 0 m ago

With bright minds like that pair on the case, the culprit is sure to be …With bright minds like that pair on the case, the culprit is sure to be brought to justice!


Most of them are like that. I think.
My camcorder, camera, memory cards etc were all stolen from a restaurant inside a holiday park. The restaurant had cctv fitted but the officer on case didn't even bother to visit the place and look at the footage. Her response to me was "Staff has already checked and they've found nothing. Moreover such incidents happen all the time and things are generally never recovered (in other words, forget about your stuff)

vikasbhasin6 m ago

Most of them are like that. I think. My camcorder, camera, memory cards …Most of them are like that. I think. My camcorder, camera, memory cards etc were all stolen from a restaurant inside a holiday park. The restaurant had cctv fitted but the officer on case didn't even bother to visit the place and look at the footage. Her response to me was "Staff has already checked and they've found nothing. Moreover such incidents happen all the time and things are generally never recovered (in other words, forget about your stuff)


Yes, you are right, sadly. My parents' garage was broken into but it took the police weeks to finally come out to look at it. I doubt any useful evidence would have been left by that stage. Needless to say, they never caught anybody.

No wonder burglaries are so popular when the chances of being caught are so low...

Police can't investigate your stolen goods, they just don't have the budget or manpower.

Insurance is your only genuine option.

Thanks for the reminder to update my details for my new phone.

Our local police force refer you to this site if yo wish to report any lost property.

Have some heat OP, useful reminder.

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DennisG29 m ago

I wouldn’t use tin foil hats to dismiss what may be a valid concern. h …I wouldn’t use tin foil hats to dismiss what may be a valid concern. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/07/a_potential_burglary_register_no_more_immobilise_uk_fixes_security


Recipero, which runs Immobilise, issued a statement saying it had fixed the website, adding that it has no evidence that any of the sensitive information had been siphoned off.


So this is basically a free online spreadsheet.

SmilingT7 h, 33 m ago

Glad to hear of existing users. Definitely worth registering EVERYTHING. …Glad to hear of existing users. Definitely worth registering EVERYTHING. I've got speakers, Echo Dots, Cameras, Computers, etc all linked to it. Can never be too careful.


Can you send me your address please?

When you register say a phone with immobilise then decide to sell it to e.g. cex and a checkmend report is made it will flag up as been previously registered so cex might be funny and refuse it, the checkmend will say proceed with caution. To prevent this remove it from immobilise by going to your registered devices, on the right side of the item click the icon and click delete or take the downloadable certificate in to cex with you to show them its you who registered it.
Edited by: "caverncity" 29th Nov

Burglar's shopping list



OK this article says the bug is fixed now but only a matter of time before the site is hacked again! Sorry, not for me.

great Idea but I'm too lazy for this atm. Maybe later?

caverncity10 h, 1 m ago

When you register say a phone with immobilise then decide to sell it to …When you register say a phone with immobilise then decide to sell it to e.g. cex and a checkmend report is made it will flag up as been previously registered so cex might be funny and refuse it, the checkmend will say proceed with caution. To prevent this remove it from immobilise by going to your registered devices, on the right side of the item click the icon and click delete or take the downloadable certificate in to cex with you to show them its you who registered it.


When I sold my old iPad 1st gen and my Galaxy S3 at CEX, both of which had been listed on Immobilise at time of purchase but removed from the site prior to my visit to the store, there was no issue whatsoever with handing them over and receiving payment. This was 3 years ago so maybe the CEX systems have changed since then but I wasn't even asked if the devices had been registered. Besides, if they did carry out the checks they would have seen they were registered in my name so would've seen it was a legitimate trade. I can see the benefit of taking the certificates with you but I don't think it's necessary.

For insurance if phone lost do we need police report or immobilise report is enough ?

1drunkbrit3 h, 13 m ago

When I sold my old iPad 1st gen and my Galaxy S3 at CEX, both of which had …When I sold my old iPad 1st gen and my Galaxy S3 at CEX, both of which had been listed on Immobilise at time of purchase but removed from the site prior to my visit to the store, there was no issue whatsoever with handing them over and receiving payment. This was 3 years ago so maybe the CEX systems have changed since then but I wasn't even asked if the devices had been registered. Besides, if they did carry out the checks they would have seen they were registered in my name so would've seen it was a legitimate trade. I can see the benefit of taking the certificates with you but I don't think it's necessary.


They don't see who has registered it, it says previously registered apply caution with a yellow warning icon. They could use this as a reason to not buy it hence why I said deregister from immobilise or take in the certificate and tell them you have registered it.

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It's worth getting your details logged, be it on Immobilise OR a local spreadsheet, or even just a piece of hard paper in a folder. If you store your IMEI / Serial numbers, you've got recourse if / when something were to happen.

I had a brand new HTC Desire HD stolen many years ago in central London (Trafalgar Square), and I could do absolutely nothing, as I did not have the serial / IMEI of the phone. Alsop had a new camcorder I'd purchased the day before - gone.

Note it before you lose it!
Edited by: "SmilingT" 30th Nov

Absolute waste of time. There is no forced requirement for the Police to actually check the IMMOBILISE database, so guess what? They rarely do.

In an age where the Police don't investigate THE ACTUAL BURGLARY you think they 'might' put your details into a database and then go to the trouble of calling you?

More fool you.

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tfish10 m ago

Absolute waste of time. There is no forced requirement for the Police to …Absolute waste of time. There is no forced requirement for the Police to actually check the IMMOBILISE database, so guess what? They rarely do.In an age where the Police don't investigate THE ACTUAL BURGLARY you think they 'might' put your details into a database and then go to the trouble of calling you?More fool you.


Whilst I agree that often, nothing "can" be done after a burglary, I do think we need to help ourselves out in these situations.

Your insurance will most likely ask you for a list of items that were stolen. In many cases, they'll want to get those blocked, not only to ensure nobody can use them, but also to protect themselves - if you were putting in a fake claim, and wishing to benefit from a payout AND keep the items you are claiming for. If they get blocked, they can't be used.

Having easy access to your serials, identifiers, IMEI's etc etc is valuable in these circumstances. It speeds up the process.

Sure, it may not be for everyone, but for me, it's a no brainer. I have printed "certificates" for each item I have listed on there. I store them in a folder so, if the worst were to ever happen, I'd know EXACTLY which device was taken, alongside the identifying features, serial numbers and the likes, which would give me the ability to report it to the enforcement, insurance, and provide local known stores that receive stolen goods, wit the information so if they ever did come across it - they'd be able to get in touch with me.
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