DataDots: DNA For Your PropertyBy Home Security Source Jan 6, 2011 | 9:00:00 amPosted in: Burglary & Loss Prevention
Humans are identifiable by our DNA, but what if our cars, televisions and even laptops had DNA of their own? A new technology called DataDots has gained attention from crime stoppers around the country for the micro technology used to silently track valuables.
DataDots are tiny microscopic discs, about the size of a grain of sand engraved with a unique miniature code stored in a worldwide verification database. These dots can be brushed or painted on to assets and are permanent for the life of the object.
The DataDots come with a spray adhesive that can be seen under UV lighting and the small coded numbers can be read with a simple magnifying glass. Kits come with numerous applications so users can put dots with the same numbers on all of their valuables.
Some car manufacturers have already started spraying the dots on during the assembly phase. DataDots are also popular with motorcycles, marine crafts, motor homes and personal assets.
Since so few people remember to record their serial numbers, police hope that DataDots will assist them when identifying stolen property and work as a deterrent against theft. Some police stations have received grants for DataDots so check with your local law enforcement office if you are interested in adding them to your security plan.
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