The Louth Neighbourhood Policing Team held a property marking event at B&Q in Louth on Wednesday.
Dubbed ‘PC Mark Property’ day, signs across the store directed customers to the crime prevention stand, where they were able to obtain advice and have their expensive purchases security marked.
PC Rachel Dobson said, “When tools and high value equipment are seized after arrests and following the execution of warrants, it is important that police are able to prove the property is stolen and, ideally, return it to its rightful owner.
“The use of Smartwater or postcode marking helps us to do that.
“All too often, it cannot be proved that valuable items are the result of a burglary and, not only does that mean the owner never gets them back, but it can also mean that the suspect cannot be charged with a suspected offence and even gets the seized property given back to them.”