DNAnet or protect your valuables

The other day police came to our flat. They were going round neighbourhood offering free service of marking your valuables in case they get stolen, to enable tracing. The sergeant was very nice and talked us through his actions, but he didn’t have answers to all of my questions so of course I googled after he left.

The service offered includes a free kit of DNAnet made by ADNAS (Applied DNA Sciences), company that helps create new forensic systems. The kit has got a small bottle of the DNA liquid, papers and window stickers. Valuables (laptops, phones etc) tagged with the liquid had to be left to dry for 5 min.

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Meanwhile the card with the info was tagged as well. It looks like this:

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Sample zone is covered with the same liquid and once valuables come up at car boot sales or auctions the tags on them are compared to the sample zone.

The window stickers are supposed to scare the burglars away:

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Then the sergeant made an inventory of the tagged property in the attached form (here you can download it). Tags show up in UV light: they are permanent and can’t be washed off but obviously if you scratch-scratch-scratch it might come off.

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As the attached Q&A sheet explained once you report a robbery your valuables will be looked for at car boot sales, auctions and/or if found on someone’s hands, can be returned to you.

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In case your details change (address, name) you can update it using your login created by the Metropolitan police.