Tim Drew: Have you heard about Immobilise?

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IT has been in operation for eight years and – just in case you may not have heard of it yet – its name is Immobliise.

It is the world’s largest, free on-line register of property ownership details.

It can be used to upload photographs, serial numbers and descriptions of property, and has proved very effective in helping to reduce crime and return recovered personal property to its rightful owners.

The website address is: www.immobilise.com

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.

This online checking service is used by all UK police forces to trace owners of lost and stolen property, and has resulted in its return in more than 250 cases per week.

In addition, Immobilise is checked daily by a huge range of recovery agencies and lost property offices, and is supported by insurance companies.

Talking of which... Towergate Insurance is offering Neighbourhood Watch members 10 per cent off its current home insurance premium on all new polices taken out before the April 30, provided that applicants have made no claims and have held a household insurance policy for at least three years.

This offer applies to policies on a like for like basis. Towergate can be contacted on 0844 346 3253.

The police report a recent spate of thefts from sheds at allotments in the Southwick and Shoreham areas. In a number of cases, access has been gained by breaking locks, and power and standard tools have been stolen.

Lastly, PCSO Carol Fulcher will be holding a surgery at Tesco Express, Goring Way, at 6pm on February 19.

Meetings of the Central and Castle ward panels are to take place the next evening – at the Ardington Hotel, at 6.30pm, and St Richard’s Church, Collingwood Road, Goring, at 7pm.