As Harrodsburg Police Lt. Detective Garry Bradshaw carves his name into an aluminum notebook holder, he tells us about the benefits of a person putting their own personal touch on their expensive belongings.
"Serial numbers can be scratched off," says Bradshaw. "If someone carves in their own numbers with a personal meaning, then writes down the number somewhere safe, it can be entered into a database just like a serial number. Then if the item is stolen and recovered it's much easier to return the belonging to it's owner."
It's one tip that requires a little effort on behalf of the owner but can safe a lot of headaches later on in the process.
As part of the Harrodsburg Crimestoppers, anyone can come into the police department and ask to borrow the engraver they have at the office.
Bradshaw has tips for other items as well.
"You can't carve a number on an antique quilt but you can take a picture of it," he says.
Bradshaw says over the past couple weeks the police department has had taken eight theft reports around Harrodsburg.
While he says taking steps to recover property is important, taking a common sense approach to not being a victim is much easier and usually effective.
Bradshaw says always lock your doors and windows to your home or vehicle, and never leave valuables in plain sight.
He also says if you notice suspicious activity in your neighborhood call the police. Crimestoppers in Mercer County offers rewards if a news tip leads to an arrest.
You can call them at 859-733-9115.