13. Identify Property

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Marking your property is a traditional crime prevention technique that provides two key benefits – it deters burglars because it makes it harder to sell stolen items and, if your valuables are taken, it makes it easier to trace ownership and return stolen property to you.

Identifying your electronic property – phones, computers, gaming consoles, backup drives, etc – also extends these offline crime prevention benefits into the realm of cybercrime. If you know what devices contain your most valuable data or give you access into financial systems like internet banking or share trading accounts, the following two actions will add another layer of defence to protect your personal information and limit access into key accounts.

13.1 Mark valuable hardware

Priority: 1

Digital devices are expensive and often store or provide access to personal information and online accounts that should be protected. Even if you have an insurance policy to replace lost or stolen hardware, it makes sense to take the time to identify valuable devices and use a marking pen or spray and warning window stickers to deter thieves and make it easier to identify and return property to you:

ACTION: Mark your hardware with SelectaDNA

  • Benefits: Deters burglars, aids tracing and return of lost/stolen property, limits theft of personal data, limits access into online accounts
  • Cost: $ Low
  • Effort: Low
  • Effectiveness: High
  • Risk if you don’t do it: Medium
  • Likelihood: Medium

13.2 Record asset ID numbers

Priority: 1

As you identify valuable electronic hardware to mark in item 13.1, be sure to record ID numbers for each item. These could be serial numbers on external product labels or IMEI numbers coded into expensive smartphones.

Creating a simple asset inventory and noting down what personal data the device contains or the online platforms it could give access to will help identify key valuables you should take steps to protect. LINKUse our simple template to record your digital devices and data/LINK

ACTION: Record your key IDs on the SNAP (Serial Number Action Partnership) website

  • Benefits: Simplifies insurance claims, aids tracing and return of lost/stolen property, enables blocking of stolen handsets, limits access into online accounts
  • Cost: $ Low
  • Effort: Low
  • Effectiveness: High
  • Risk if you don’t do it: Medium
  • Likelihood: Medium

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