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Updated: 07/24/2013 08:02:04AM

The future in theft protection and detection

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Bartow Police Chief Joseph Hall

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Last week we touched on the Neighborhood Watch Program and I encouraged you to get involved if you weren’t already. I touched briefly on the issues facing us today in Bartow, which we at the Bartow Police Department believe is best dealt with through prevention. I was talking about theft and burglary. This is where the community must help us if we are going to be successful. Soon we will be implementing some new technology that will not only help you as a property owner, but help the men and women of the Bartow Police Department in locating and recovering your property if it is stolen. It is called “CopDots.”

“CopDots” is like DNA for your property. The Bartow Police Department has signed on with this company to implement the program here locally. The product is designed to provide the community with the ability to mark personal property that is undetected by the naked eye, but can be visibly seen by law enforcement with the use of special equipment.

Our partnership with “CopDots” will be a big help in our fight against property crimes. In years past the police would recommend that you mark your property with a significant number, so that it would be identifiable if stolen. Well this is quite similar, except no one but you will know that it has been tagged with your own identifier. Tagging your property is as simple as signing your name. In fact, it looks similar to an ink pen and you just touch your property to leave your unique identifying number that is completely invisible to the naked eye.

We will be rolling this program out to the Neighborhood Watch groups first, but it will be commercially available at a local store very soon. This new and innovative program will help us in our fight against crime! Be a partner, and let’s work together to be a safer Bartow.


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