The value of a property marking campaign to deter theft centres on the ability it gives police to identify items, restore them to owners if lost or stolen and successfully prosecute thieves when items are found in their possession. This traceability factor is the big deterrent as thieves are less likely to steal items that they cannot easily sell on in the stolen property market. Property marking also provides good evidence for a prosecution, or if the marked item is simply lost and found and handed into police, transport or other responsible authorities it can similarly be identified and restored to its owner.
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