Residents are being urged to register their valuables on a national website.
Immobilise is the world’s largest property register and allows police and the public to work together to make stolen items too hot to handle.
Residents can enter the details of their possessions on the free website and report when they have been stolen.
Police officers not just in Sussex but around the UK can then check the details of items that they find or seize against the database
By confirming the seized items had been stolen, officers can then look to prosecute whoever they were seized from for burglary or handling stolen goods and can return the valuables to their rightful owners.
Sussex Police is encouraging residents to use Immobilise as part of Operation Magpie, the force’s crackdown on burglary across the county.
Detective chief inspector Paul Betts said: “When our officers respond to reports of burglary, they often cannot get enough detailed information about the items which have been stolen - without old boxes for electrical items or photographs of jewellery. It can be very difficult to accurately identify what has been taken. Better information greatly increases the chances of us being able to reunite stolen property with its rightful owner, helps us to get a better picture of which burglaries could be linked and gives us the evidence we need to prove that property is stolen. That helps us to link items to burglars and those trading in stolen goods.”
25 million people use Immobilise and every week hundreds of people are reunited with their lost or stolen property because of the site. To register your property in just a few minutes by visiting www.immobilise.com.