Traceable "dots" to help Lowcountry police department fight property theft

Traceable "dots" to help Lowcountry police department fight property theft
ProTechDNA President applies Anti-Theft Dots to his watch (Source: Bluffton Police Department)
ProTechDNA President applies Anti-Theft Dots to his watch (Source: Bluffton Police Department)

BLUFFTON, SC (WCSC) - A Lowcountry police department is the first in the state to support a new technology that could help residents reunite with lost or stolen property.

The Bluffton Police Department in Beaufort County will be equipped with a special magnifier by the company ProtechDNA.  The magnifier is able to identify items that are marked with the company's Anti-Theft Dots.

Similar to a micro-chipped pet, the Anti-Theft Dots can identify an item's rightful owner if it is registered through the Law Enforcement National Recovery Database.

According to the company, the Anti-Theft Dots are about the size of a grain of rice and are laser-etched with a unique PIN number.  The dots are available for purchase in a spray or paint form.

"We are excited to have the equipment to be able to identify stolen property, making the vision of our department, 'Committed to Community,' more of a reality," Bluffton Police Chief Joey Reynolds said in a news release.

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