FYI - from my local Police / NHW co-ordinator:
This is a request for you to go out to your sheds and out to your garages, check the security and any expensive items in there.
Please make a note of serial numbers from bikes, leaf blowers, chainsaws, mowers and any other expensive items.
The reason I ask is that on 27 July Police stopped a man driving in Guildford. His peculiar behaviour lead them to believe he was hiding something.
The officers carried out a search of his vehicle and found a number of tools, one of which was a chainsaw with a serial number on it. The officers asked the radio operator to carry out a check on the serial number and to their delight it matched that of a chainsaw taken from a garage in Cranleigh back in January ! This resulted in "one in custody for burglary".
While out and about or searching people's vehicles and houses we often come across such equipment but without a serial number to link it to a crime we struggle to take back the item on a hunch.