POLICE are offering a free property marking service to residents in Weardale.

Throughout July, residents can have items marked using a Dot Peen engraving machine, which can be used on a variety materials including steel aluminium and plastic.

This means it can be used on objects such as farm machinery, garage and garden tools, power tools, computers, electrical devices, mobile phones and tablets, equestrian tack, golf clubs, games consoles, musical instrument cases, bicycles and more.

The machine indent objects with dots to create a visible, permanent and unique number, which is then entered on to the national Immobilise property register database, vastly increasing the chances of it being reunited with its owner if lost or stolen.

Anyone who would like property marked should contact Weardale Police via 101 or by email on chris.elms@durham.pnn.police.uk or ross.herring@durham.pnn.police.uk