‘Property should be uniquely marked and forensic tagging with DNA products is a popular way to do this,’ says a Thames Valley Police spokesperson.
James Brown, SelectaDNA MD, adds: ‘If a thief has broken into your home they will target your most valuable items first – PCs, laptops, tablets and smart phones, anything they can sell on quickly.
‘However, if each valuable item they come across is marked with a synthetic DNA solution and is displaying a warning sticker, then the chances of the thief stealing it drops dramatically – criminals know that DNA is the police’s most powerful weapon in securing convictions.’
DNA tagging is relatively inexpensive at around £1 an item and the technology is being taken to new levels. Intruders doused with the microscopic mist from an automated spray will glow under ultraviolet light for months, conclusively pinning them to the location.
Plus, if you buy a SelectaDNA product, your valuables automatically get signed up to their Secure Asset Register, which, like Immobilise
, can be accessed by police forces who are tracking down your items.
‘I recommend this stuff as a detection and evidence-based solution,’ says Rick. ‘There is also a grease for smearing drain pipes and fences so if anyone tries to climb them they’ll be covered in the stuff.’
Hiding your home away
The super-rich are using invisibility in a different way: Hidden Hills is a gated Californian community that has banned Google Street View and attempted to erase its existence from the internet. Described as an ‘urban-scale non-disclosure agreement’ by Geoff Manaugh, author of A Burglar’s Guide To The City
. US homeowners are also taking their homes off the grid and generating their own electricity and water for increased privacy.
Rick’s top tip for privacy here is to request a CO1 form from 192.com
to remove yourself from their database.
‘Most people don’t realise the personal information that can be accessed for a nominal fee simply by entering your name,’ he says. ‘Download the form, send it back and get taken off.’
Just remember: deter, delay and detect is the name of the game. Top tech could be your greatest crime fighter to help you prevent burglaries.
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