Tags will assist in stolen-property identification

2016-03-10 06:00

A TINY identity tag is all one needs to tackle­ the fight against crime and the theft of moveable assets from homes and businesses.

The innovation will provide SAPS and prosecutors with the indisputable proof of ownership they need to finalise investigations timeously and accurately.

Maser Security owner, Anthony Apostolides, said the main reason this helps is because stolen property is recovered on a daily basis.

“However, it’s not easy to prove ownership on most items, therefore the suspects get off. With this we can trace the owner and identify the stolen items and therefore it makes a solid case in court,” said Apostolides.

Recoveri Tag What’s Yours is the company behind this innovation.

This is how it works - it is basically an identity tag which can only be read with special equipment.

A microdot is a 1mm x 1mm transparent disc with a unique asset identification number (AIN) on it.

Microdots are applied to any moveable asset, and the ultraviolet-based adhesive, which dries clear, makes microdots almost undetectable by the naked eye.

The data collected on the system will assist police to understand more about crime patterns and even predict crime displacement.

Microdots will make the theft, transport, storage and reselling of stolen goods more risky for those involved.

Once your items have been microdotted, the next step is to register the microdot number and the items to your name in the national microdot register.

If the items are stolen, you then change the status from safe to stolen.

It now becomes “hot” and police officers, who query this item, will immediately know that the item has been reported stolen.

The microdot project is in the process of equipping SAPS with equipment to read the tags. Almost any item can be microdotted, including live stock.

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