Cop Dots: FL Residents Testing DNA-Like Adhesive To Combat Property Crime


Residents in central Florida will be the first in the U.S. to use a new high-tech tool using a DNA-like adhesive to combat property crime, reports USA Today. The Cop Dots DNA program, Palm Bay Police Chief Doug Muldoon said, allows people to mark their property with a unique (and very tiny) number sequence that can be scanned by police who recover stolen goods. “The fact that we can readily identify property wherever it is makes a big difference,” Muldoon said. “This technology changes the way law enforcement approaches property crime.” Introduced at the Palm Bay Police Department in a prototype program several years ago, the technology will eventually be promoted nationally. There were more than 9 million property crimes reported to police in 2011. Often, police recover stolen goods but are unable to identify their owner, Muldoon said, adding that the Cop Dots program could make recovering and returning property easier, particularly items such as electronics, computers, jewelry, or bikes. “It’s like DNA for your property,” said Shawn Andreas, president of Cop Dots. His Suntree-based company will be providing mobile readers to officers at no cost. Residents must purchase the $29.95 package, which includes decals and the pen.

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