Chief Wingert: Anti-Theft Dots encouraged in Paradise Valley

Peter Wingert

Peter Wingert

Over the course of the past two months, I have been discussing the Paradise Valley Police Department’s Community Armor program in this column.  As a recap, the Community Armor program entails the services we offer that have the ability to keep your residence safe from burglars and thieves through Crime Deterrence, Crime Education, Crime Awareness and Crime Recovery.  The final portion is the subject of this month’s column, the Crime Recovery portion.

Quickly, the Community Armor program entails the following services:

Crime deterrence

  • Home security reviews available at your convenience through Community Resource Officer Kevin Albert (kalbert@paradisevalleyaz.gov or (480)348-3597
  • Neighborhood Watch programs, which Officer Albert can assist in setting up
  • Vacation Watch, where officers and volunteers check on homes while the owners are away for more than seven days
    Crime Education and Awareness
  • Host a “Coffee with a Cop” Event, or stop by when we have one in your neighborhood
  • Sign-up for emergency notification via CodeRed (www.ecnetwork.com, then “Resident Enrollment” tab at the top of the page)

To see the latest activity in Paradise Valley, follow our posts on social media:

  • www.Facebook.com/PVPolice
  • Twitter (@PVPolice)
  • Nextdoor (www.ParadiseValleyPD.com/NextDoor)

Connect with us at www.paradisevalleypd.com

Today’s topic revolves around recovering from a crime, if you have become a victim. Initially, if your property is stolen, the officer responding will ask you for a description, make, model and serial number of that property.

Without this information, it will be difficult to impossible to get your property returned to you if we come across it. We have joined a service that assists us in getting stolen property back to its rightful owner called “Leads Online.” Part of this service allows you to freely compile an inventory of your property at the company website.

If that property is lost or stolen in the future, it can be easily reported, with a complete description, including serial number, to the local jurisdiction.  Please inventory your property at https://reportit.leadsonline.com. It is a free service.

We have partnered with a new company called “Anti-Theft Dots” to assist in the recovery of stolen property. Anti-Theft Dots have a unique identifying number, which cannot be seen by the naked eye. The identifying number is assigned once to the purchaser of the product, and is registered by the consumer, with the items that the consumer has marked with the substance.

The dots are suspended in an adhesive solution that can be applied to any substance, will dry quickly and invisibly, and cannot be removed easily.  Anti-Theft Dots can be applied to smart phone, bicycles, jewelry, and tools. Realistically, any item can be invisibly marked with the dots. The product number and the item the dots were attached to are entered into a national database, assisting law enforcement in the return of the property to its rightful owner if it is lost or stolen.

At the end of November, Anti-Theft Dots will be in Paradise Valley to assist us in the kickoff. If you are interested in this product, we will provide guidance in its use, an opportunity to purchase the product, and any other assistance you may need with this product. During the kickoff, Anti-Theft Dots and the Paradise Valley Police have partnered to provide window warning decals that the property is “DNA Protected” to residents taking advantage of the product’s kickoff in Paradise Valley. Again, contact Community Resource Officer Albert for details (kalbert@paradisevalleyaz.gov or 480-348-3597).

Paradise Valley has seen a rise in reported property crimes during the course of this calendar year, and we need your partnership in order push the number back down. Please take part in the Community Armor Program, use Report It to inventory your property, and take advantage of the Anti-Theft Dots kickoff events.

As always, please remember to lock your doors and set your alarm when your leave your residence or vehicle, even if you will only be away for a few minutes.

Editor’s note: Mr. Wingert is the chief of police at the Paradise Valley Police Department

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