Connecting the Dots Comes to Michigan as Part of a National Crime Prevention Effort – DNA for Property
Release date: 3/17/2016
A new forensic technology is being introduced to the residents of Michigan Thursday by Farmington Public Safety Department.
This new technology is referred to as “DNA for Property”, a unique adhesive that can be applied to all types of valuables. Suspended in the adhesive is thousands of tiny microdots, these dots are smaller than the size of a grain of sand. Each dot has a PIN or personal code etched into it, that PIN is registered in a National Asset Registry, accessible to law enforcement around the country.
As part of a state wide roll out, the company, ProtechDNA will partner with the Farmington Public Safety Department to officially kick of the campaign as the introduction of the program to the residents of Michigan as part of an effort to reduce crime and engage the community.
Shawn Andreas, President of ProtechDNA stated, “We are very excited to introduce the program to the residents of Michigan, and to begin the process with Farmington Public Safety Department. Farmington Public Safety is recognized for their effective community outreach and emphasis on their neighborhood and business watch programs”. Andreas added, “The DNA for Property program is a great tool to enhance these current efforts, and provide residents with a very affordable technology that has a proven track record to reduce property theft”.
With thousands of active law enforcement agencies currently on board using the technology as a tool to deter property theft, the launch in Farmington Michigan is part of a focused effort on the Midwestern states, with Ohio, Kentucky, and Iowa also launching the program to their residents.
"The hardest part of a property crime investigation is when we have victims that we cannot identify because we do not know who the property owners are" says Commander Justin DuLong of the Farmington Public Safety Department "Programs like ProtechDNA allow detectives to return property to the rightful owners and assists the police in securing convictions against suspects who steal from others".
Law Enforcement will have special tools to detect if property has the DNA adhesive applied, once it’s been determined the adhesive has been applied, a special law enforcement digital reader can view the PIN on the microdots.
Law Enforcement around the country can input recovered PINs into the National Asset Registry to retrieve ownership of recovered property in real time. The Asset Registry is a secure database that provides the users with a place to store a description of each item that has been applied with the DNA adhesive. The user can include as much or little related to the description of each item, such as, make, model, serial number (if applicable), and even upload a photo.
The database also allows the users to immediately report the property stolen, and send information quickly to law enforcement within a 100 mile radius, increasing the chances of recovery. The National Asset Registry will soon be connected to all law enforcement agency property rooms, when recovered property is cataloged it will scrub the registry searching for property matches, opening a new avenue of recovery within the program.
A demonstration for the public and media will be held at the Farmington Public Safety Department - 23600 Liberty Street, Farmington, MI at 1.30pm March 17th.
You can find additional information on the program by going to www.protechdna.com or calling the company contact – Shawn Andreas – 321.507.2256
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