THEFT & BURGLARY!

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MicroDOTS

General Summary

 

Home burglary and theft continues to be a significant problem for householders across Australia.  Targeted items vary greatly and the list is endless but items from jewellery, bicycles, mobile phones, laptops and AV-equipment, to guns, collectors knives and military paraphernalia, to tools, plant, equipment and machinery, through to scooters, jet ski’s, motorcycles and cars are all exposed to targeted home burglary and theft.  It is commonly thought that criminals disburse most of the stolen property in exchange for cash and/or drugs as follows:

  • To “fences” in direct exchange for cash and/or drugs

  • to buyers who purchase the stolen items at a much lower price than otherwise available to them;

  • to tradesmen who can utilise the stolen items to generate their income;

  • to distribution outlets in other states;

  • cut up and sold as scrap material for cash;

  • via eBay, pawnbrokers, car park markets, second-hand goods magazines & papers, etc.

 

If stolen items are subsequently discovered in any form, identifying the rightful owner has been nigh on impossible to date.  Engraving, serial numbers, id tags and painted identification are very easy to remove or disguise.  It also follows that those caught in possession cannot be charged with theft but with the much lesser charge of being in possession of stolen goods – and only if reasonable proof can be found.  This ensures large incentives remain for repeat crimes with little chance of the criminal being caught let alone charged with a significant offence.  As such, it has become a multi-billion dollar annual problem for communities right across Australia.

 

A comprehensive approach to loss prevention would involve adopting a market reduction approach[1] to reduce the theft, loss and damage to property.  A key element of this approach is property marking.

 

Property marking has long been recognised as a crucial measure in discouraging and detecting crime and should therefore be considered when adopting a comprehensive loss prevention strategy.   No thief wants items that can be identified to their rightful owner, so marked items quickly become very unattractive to would-be thieves and they will typically look for easier, less risky targets.  MicroDOTS provide the simplest practical method of property marking available today.

 

Property marking, associated signage and public education act to reduce the attractiveness of valuables to thieves by making them identifiable after the event.  It is recommended that this approach be undertaken upon any item subject to potential theft, thereby discouraging the theft of property and significantly reducing the risk of security breaches in the home and across the whole community.

[1]     Australian Institute of Criminology. The market reduction approach to reducing property crime.  AICrime Reduction Matters No. 32. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.

MicroDOTS

Leading-edge MicroDOTS employ a metal substrate, which is electrically etched with a unique identifying code and cannot lose any information as a result of sunlight, high temperatures or usage time.  It is a very robust product and has significant advantages over older microdot technology, which typically uses a plastic substrate that is subject to destruction in sunlight and/or high temperatures, heavy degradation over usage time and de-lamination within its own adhesive after 6 or more months.  None of these issues exist with MicroDOTS.

 

MicroDOTS can range in size from 0.3mm to 3.0mm and can be packaged to mark items via a rapid application pressure-pak spray, very simply from a “brush-wand” applicator, or manually from a plastic jar..  Each MicroDOT contains a hologram, which is impossible to replicate (see image below).  In addition, each MicroDOT in a pack contains a chemically-etched unique PIN, which is subsequently registered against the owner of the marked property.  Warning labels and item stickers are included in MicroDOT Kits as overt announcements to a would-be thief that items are marked for Police identification.

 

MicroDOTS are simply a modern and very simple way to “engrave” property.  MicroDOTS are very easy to apply and then extremely difficult to detect and remove.  Items of all shapes and sizes can be marked with MicroDOTS in just a few seconds.  Used with warning labels and item stickers, MicroDOTS provide a very effective “hardening” layer of security for valuable property of any kind.

The MicroDOT Theft Deterrent Model in the Home

MicroDOT Dispensers

MicroDOT Home Kits are provided with a “brush-wand” dispenser, including the unique identifying MicroDOTS inside.  The identifying code on the MicroDOTS is subsequently registered against the householder’s personal details for Police identification in the case of stolen property being found.  For large needs, MicroDOTS are also delivered in a small plastic jar or in various sizes of a propellant spray can.

 

MicroDOT Home Kits, are enhanced with the addition of supporting warning labels & item stickers.  These supporting items provide overt announcements to would-be thieves that property is marked for Police identification.  Larger warning labels are intended to be placed at or near front & rear entrances to the home, as the first line of warning to a would-be thief.

 

Home Kits are provided with product support materials, such as Application Instructions, FAQ, Guidelines to label & sticker usage, as well as a PIN Registration Card .

MicroDOT Home Kits provide a very fast, mobile and easy way to deliver identification to virtually any item that may be a target of theft.  They are most commonly used where there are items of value to be marked for identification as a primary loss prevention strategy.  Some items commonly marked in the home include bicycles, jewellery, sporting goods, tools, machinery & gardening equipment; as well as laptops, PC’s, iPads, iPods, MP3 Players, flat screens, digital projectors, mobile phones & other home & office equipment; to guns, knives & military collectibles; through to artworks, family heirlooms and memorabilia. In fact, MicroDOTS can be used to mark virtually any items of real or intrinsic value that may be a target of theft.

Usage Summary – in the Home

  • Rings

  • Watches

  • Necklaces

  • Bracelets

  • Bangles

  • Mobile Phones

  • iPads

  • iPods

  • PC’s

  • Laptops

  • Notepads

  • Tablets

  • MP3 Players

  • Game Consoles

  • AV-Equipment

  • Digital Projectors

  • TV’s

  • Bicycles

  • Luggage

  • Kitchen Equipment (i.e. Thermomix)

  • Crockery

  • Glassware

  • Vintage Wine

  • Whitegoods

  • Photographic Equipment

  • Indoor Furniture

  • Outdoor Furniture

  • BBQ’s

  • Gym Equipment

  • Sporting Goods

  • Hand Tools

  • Power Tools

  • Machinery

  • Gardening Equipment

  • Guns

  • Collectible Knives

  • Military Paraphernalia

  • Air-conditioning Units

  • Outboard Motors

  • Fishing Equipment

  • Ski Gear

  • Diving Equipment

  • Trailers

  • Artworks

  • Family heirlooms

  • Memorabilia

  • Car Contents

  • Boat Contents

Benefits

 

  • Mark (overtly and/or covertly) valuables with unique identification.  With associated warning labels and stickers, this provides a unique “hardening” layer of security for each item.

  • Announce clearly to would-be thieves, family, visitors, sales people, charity collectors, door-to-door promoters and anybody passing by, that all household items of value are marked for Police identification.

  • Full commitment to the MicroDOT solution will significantly increase the risks involved to a would-be thief, in stealing any items of value.

  • Higher risk of theft and lower returns (cash and/or drugs) for identifiable stolen property, will significantly reduce possibility of theft.

  • Less theft typically results in direct reductions in damage & vandalism caused as a result of thefts.

  • Less chance of theft means far less chance of any physical confrontations with family members, and feelings of safety within the home are improved.

  • Reductions in break-ins to household premises, damage & subsequent theft, has a very positive impact upon community’s feelings of safety and well-being.

  • Ability to identify stolen items improves the potential for return of those items when found.

  • Identification of stolen items enables Police to upgrade charges against criminals caught with stolen property.

  • Identification of stolen items will improve conviction rate of criminals perpetrating theft.

  • Improved catch & conviction rate of criminals, is a significant disincentive for future occurrences of theft.

  • Potential for reduced annual insurance premiums.

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