Sergeant Ashley Hull shows how to use the new technology of microdots, which assists in identification.
Sergeant Ashley Hull shows how to use the new technology of microdots, which assists in identification. CHRIS ISON CI

New technology to help solve crime

THEY’RE about the size of a grain of sand, but this new technology will make solving crime a whole lot easier.

To protect your personal property, Rockhampton’s crime prevention co-ordinator Sergeant Ashley Hull yesterday urged residents to get behind the latest breakthrough.

DataDotDNA, also known as microdots, is invisible to the naked eye but contains a unique identifying code.

He said it was an easy and modern way of marking property for identification, which, in the long run, helped police to identify and return stolen property.

A magnified microdot shows a unique codeSergeant Hull said microdot technology had existed for a few years, but had mainly been used by motor vehicle companies to mark high-end vehicle parts.

Now all businesses and residents could use the extra protection by placing them on valuable items such as CDs, jewellery, hand tools, bicycles, car equipment and electrical appliances.

Sergeant Hull yesterday demonstrated how the dots were applied with an aerosol can.

The can sprays out the dots within a water-based adhesive, which also contains a UV-sensitive trace to help police find them.

A small microdot reader is then used to magnify the dots.

Sergeant Hull said the Queensland Police Service had always encouraged the

marking of property by methods such as engraving.

This was another alternative means available to residents.

Microdot kits are now available over the internet and from various retailers in the Rockhampton District.

Sergeant Hull urged anyone who used the technology to ensure they registered the identifying number and personal details with the supplier and their local police.



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