Marion PD Embraces Microdot Technology To Try And Foil Thieves

By Jeff Neumeyer

August 16, 2013 Updated Aug 16, 2013 at 5:14 PM EDT

MARION, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- A new kind of DNA for crime fighting.

A police department not far from Fort Wayne is now ready to use a breakthrough form of technology to crack down on property crimes.

Thieves beware; police in Marion are trying something with a CSI twist, to stop crooks cold.

" They used it during, I guess, top secret spy stuff, you would say, but it's being used in a different way now," said Cliff Sessoms, a deputy chief with the Marion Police Department.

The company marketing the new crime fighting tool is called CopDots.

Consumers who buy one of its pen applicators can mark a high-tech adhesive on their jewelry, laptops, TV sets, and even on bicycles.

Spray cans are available to mark bigger things like boats or automobiles.

The applicators lay down thousands of tiny dots with a unique DNA-like code that can be seen by special readers that will be handed out to Marion police officers at no charge to the department.

Let's say your stuff gets stolen.

Then items are recovered in an investigation, and police use the readers to look for the adhesive DNA code.

If your numbers come up, the idea is you'll get a call to claim what's rightfully yours.

At least 400 police agencies in Florida, North Carolina and elsewhere are already on board.

" This is the kickoff here in the Midwest and into Indiana, and next week we'll be in Southern California and up into the Northwest in Seattle as well," said Shawn Andreas, the President of CopDots.

Fort Wayne could be asked to sign onto the program soon.

Its overall success depends on widespread participation by police, because stolen goods can turn up anywhere.

Not only law enforcement but also pawnshops may actually be brought into this process.

If pawnshop managers agree to use the special reading devices, crooks could be caught as they try to fence goods in their stores.

Consumers can buy the pen applicators for about $30.00 a pop at Lowes stores nationwide and then register their valuables on copdots.com.

The goal is to take a bite out of crime, by helping put burglars and thieves under a microscope.




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