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A NEW police scheme hopes to make its mark on garden thefts. Following a spate of burglaries of valuable equipment from sheds in rural villages around Hitchin, police community support officer Sara Coombes has a high-tech answer. She has won funding for a
A NEW police scheme hopes to make its mark on garden thefts.
Following a spate of burglaries of valuable equipment from sheds in rural villages around Hitchin, police community support officer Sara Coombes has a high-tech answer.
She has won funding for a signograph machine to property mark garden and other equipment, after growing problems in North Hertfordshire.
Sara, who covers the villages of Wymondley, St Ippolyts, Whitwell and Kimpton, said: "A lot of garden equipment and other pieces of machinery which are kept outside in sheds and outbuildings can't be property marked in the conventional way.
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"The signograph allows equipment to be stamped and comes with stickers to be displayed on the outside of sheds as a deterrent to would-be thieves.
"The marking also gives us a higher chance of reuniting property with owners in the unlikely event that it is stolen."
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Anyone who lives in one of Sara's villages can have their property marked by calling Hitchin Police Station on 01462 425080.