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Dot peen property marking

Our innovative dot peen property marking scheme is the first and biggest of its kind in the UK. We're offering the service free of charge across North Yorkshire to help you protect your valuable items.

Every year, we recover hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of stolen property from the hands of criminals, but all too often there is no way of identifying its rightful owners. Being able to trace the ownership of the property not only helps people get the property back, but it can also provide evidence that is vital in securing convictions.

Dot peen marking involves using a tungsten carbide-tipped pin to indent an object with dots to create a visible, permanent unique number. The unique number will be entered onto the national Immobilise property register database, vastly increasing the chances that it will be reunited with its owner if it is lost or stolen.

Dot peen machines can mark at a speed of two characters per second, to an accuracy of 0.006mm, and can be used on everything from steel and aluminium to plastic. It can therefore be used in farms, on garage and garden tools, power tools, computers and electrical devices, mobile phones and tablets, equestrian tack, golf clubs, musical instrument cases, cycles – and much more besides!

While other methods of property marking, such as UV marker pens or forensically-coded liquid, can also be very effective in reuniting property with its rightful owners, the visual deterrent of a permanently marked serial number alone could be enough to deter would-be thieves.

We publicise dot peen property marking opportunities on Twitter with the hashtag #whatisdotpeen.

Hambleton

For more information about dot peen property marking in Hambleton, please contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team via email: hambletonpropertymarking@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

A member of the property marking team will contact you to discuss your requirements.

Harrogate

To find out when Harrogate property marking events are taking place, you can follow Harrogate Neighbourhood Policing Team on Twitter at@HarrogatePolice, who use the hashtag #OpNotch to advertise events.

Or you can use the form below to request a property marking visit by an officer from the Harrogate Neighbourhood Team. We’ll come to clubs, events, groups or even just to visit you at home so that suitable property can be security marked.

When you’ve sent your request we’ll reply to arrange a convenient time.

Apply for dot peen marking in Harrogate

Richmondshire

For more information about dot peen property marking in Richmondshire, please contact the Richmondshire Neighbourhood Policing Team via email: richmondshirepropertymarking@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

A member of the property marking team will contact you to discuss your requirements.

Ryedale

For more information about the service, contact the Ryedale Neighbourhood Policing Team via email, ryedalepropertymarking@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk, or call into a local police station.

Scarborough

Dot peen property marking is coming to Scarborough soon! Check back on this page for the latest news.

Selby

Contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team for forthcoming property marking opportunities in Selby.

York

Contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team for forthcoming property marking opportunities in York.

Once your property has been marked by a dot peen machine, you can use the form below to register the property as yours. You can complete the form multiple times if you need to register more items.

York property marking registration form