Chief Wingert: Protect your holiday goodies with Anti-Theft Dots

Santa’s Elves are getting ready to drop their goodies in his sleigh and deliver them down your chimney.  Have you thought about what you should do with those goodies after you receive them?

In an effort to return misplaced items to their rightful owners, the Paradise Valley Police Department has partnered with Project DNA.  Project DNA makes “Anti-Theft Dots.”

Peter Wingert

Peter Wingert

Anti-Theft Dots can get your misplaced property back to you. Santa would be happy if you were to mark your property prior to its first use.

Anti-Theft Dots are microscopic nickel disks suspended in a water based solution that you can spray onto your property. The solution dries clear, and is invisible to the naked eye. Santa has already dropped off the necessary equipment at the Paradise Valley Police Department for the officers to use to see the dots. Project DNA provides the equipment to law enforcement agencies free of charge.

The product comes in several different variations, including a spray can that will mark about 100 items, and a “DNA Wand” a liquid gel marking pen that will mark about 150 items. Anti-Theft Dots are perfect for marking tools, electronics, ATVs, boats, among other items, because it dries clear and is invisible.

Once you put the dots on your property, they dry and adhere to that property. The dots cannot be washed off, chipped off or peeled off; they won’t wash off with water. Best of all, again, the dots are invisible to the naked eye.

During our kickoff event, the company has provided us with the some of the product in a brush on application and window decals for your protected residence.  During the initial kickoff event, we will come to your house to show you how to mark some of your property with the Anti-Theft Dots. We will also help you start entering the information about the marked property on the Anti-Theft Dots website at antitheftdots.com.

At this site, photos and descriptions can be entered; serial number and descriptions will be requested. While we are at your residence, we will conduct a home security review of your property to help you determine the weak points in your home security, and fortify those areas. As a result of this visit, if you implement the recommendations given by the officer, you can feel safer about the security of your residence.

In order to get in on this initial setup special, please contact Community Resource Officer Kevin Albert at kalbert@paradisevalleyaz.gov or 480 348-3597.

Police property rooms everywhere are full of property that agencies cannot determine who rightfully owns. Help us return your valuable property back to you in the event of loss or theft.
Enjoy your holiday season. If you are leaving town, please remember to use the Vacation Watch service at the PVPD.

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

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