POLICE in South Yorkshire are security coding metal on and outside homes and covering the invisible markings with special stickers in a new attempt at catching thieves.
They hope the stickers will deter thieves from taking objects if they know they are traceable.
The stickers are a new product designed to help prevent property being stolen in the first place or making it easier to stolen items from sheds and gardens.
Once the stickers has been applied over UV markings, detailing postcodes and house numbers, they are difficult to remove.
Police officers and PCSOs will be marking up BBQs, garden furniture and ornaments, metal gates, railings, garden tools and bicycles.
Details of all marked property will be stored on a database.
Officers will also visit scrap metal yards to inform traders about the project and to advise them to check for markings on any items brought in’
Inspector Jason Booth of South Yorkshire Police said: “We think this is an exciting opportunity to use a new product to mark those items which are stolen off people’s properties.
“This will allow us to identify those items and give us the opportunity to increase arrests for a crime many in Sheffield feel very angry about.”
Anyone with any information about metal theft should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.