Any information on what police departments actually support / check this? Any?
IPVMU Certified | 05/04/14 07:49pm
The way I understand the product, the small size of the microdots keep thieves from noticing that the product is tagged outright. A streak of tags is noticed under a blacklight.
It looks like a thief could scratch or scrape off the tags if they were determined enough, so the big value is the inconspicuous size. Given that thieves often pop-off ID tags and grind off serial numbers, the microdot might be an advantage given that it is hard to see and can be installed anywhere.
Off-topic, first hand advice:
Brian, depending on how specialized the tools were, there is some small chance of recovery, because...
1) The more specialized the tools, the less likely the theif or even the first buyer can use them directly, so sooner or later they end-up online.
2) The more specialized the tools, the greater the advantage to use craigslist or ebay, and so often, because stolen goods are going to be a 'steal' at first, you might see the same item resold a couple times with each witting or unwitting 'fence' taking their cut along the way.
If he's not already, tell your kin to setup keyword notifications on ebay and craigslist listings. Keep an eye out for vague listings and reticent sellers of similar equipment. If your kin can prove its theirs, I believe they can legally recover it even if it was sold a couple of times before, dots or no dots...
Every high end Porsche imported to Australia has a similar product sprayed on the major parts. There is also a UV overspary to find the micro dots, preventing cars being reborn or broken for parts. A friend in the police did check them if the cars were moved interstate and reregistered. Only problem is they forgot to mark one and the owner had it impounded for a year while they sorted it out.
I'm on the fence as to how useful this is but I do want to point out the part of the video at 3:37 when they're listing what you can apply these to. They flash a picture of a VCR while the narrator happens to be saying "collectibles." That was my Monday morning laugh.
Chesapeake & Midlantic
Will a fence around the driveway cost more than $30,000?