SOUTH Tyneside residents took advantage of a special event to protect their new Christmas presents from thieves.
Officers from the Riverside Neighbourhood Policing team hosted the first property-marking session for 2014 at Haven Point in South Shields.
The event saw people bring down their laptops, mobile phones and bikes to have them security marked and the details taken by police.
Those who had email addresses were also registered with national property marking website Immobilise, which means if these items are lost or stolen and later recovered, they can be returned to their rightful owners.
Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Sutton said: “We were really pleased so many people have taken advantage of the free property marking events.
“Hopefully those who had their details registered with Immobilise will have been sent a confirmation email and followed the instructions to register their property on the database.
“The database is used by police to not only determine whether items recovered have been stolen, but to also trace the rightful owners of property that has been recovered.
“By having items logged, it will make returning things a much quicker process.”
A second event was held at Asda’s Boldon Colliery store by officers from the Boldon Neighbourhood Policing team on Saturday.