New online arb kit register aims to deter thieves and find owners

A new tree industry initiative enables individuals and companies to record their assets online and to publicise thefts, making it harder for criminals to pass on stolen goods.

Promoted by online forum and sponsored by Stihl GB, Arbsafe ha already seen more than 200 individuals register over 350 items in the two weeks since its launch.

Free to use, Arbsafe enables users to register equipment on a secure online database, listing serial and model numbers.

Registered equipment can then be searched for, with the aim both of deterring criminals and of reuniting owners with their stolen goods.

Details of thefts are also publicised in e-mail alerts to subscribers, while an online hotspot map also highlights areas in which thieves are known to be operating.

Arbsafe founder Steve Bullman said: "One of the goals of Arbsafe is to make the re-sale of stolen equipment harder. That can only be done through mass adoption of the initiative, so we're encouraging everyone to spread the word and help make a difference."

Anyone registering at least one asset with Arbsafe by 31 October will be entered into a prize draw with the chance to win £500 worth of Stihl clothing or accessories.

To register equipment free on Arbsafe, or to check the list of stolen equipment, visit

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