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Innovative Property Marking Machine Launched to Target Criminals

PSCOs, PCC and Christie Beadle from the Unicorn Centre 2

PSCOs with Unicorn Centre Manager Christie Beedle and PCC Barry Coppinger

An innovative machine which is used to protect property and deter thieves and burglars is being launched in Cleveland.

The ‘Dot Peen’ machine will be used to mark property which can then easily be traced back to its owner if stolen in a burglary. It can be used to mark property such as tools, saddles and items of tack, laptops and mobile phones.

The machines are already utilised by North Yorkshire Police, who have had great success in marking tens of thousands of items including power tools, bikes, golf clubs, saddles – and even musical instruments.

All too often there is no way of identifying the rightful owners of recovered property and being able to trace the owner not only helps people get their property back, but it can also provide vital evidence in securing convictions.

Dot Peen marking involves using a tungsten carbide-tipped pin to indent an object with dots to create a visible, permanent unique number. The unique number will be entered onto the national Immobilise property register database, vastly increasing the chances that it will be reunited with its owner if it is lost or stolen.

Inspector Phil Morris, from Cleveland Police, said: “The new machine is going to be an excellent tool in our fight against crime and in getting stolen property back to its rightful owners.

“Travelling criminals should now beware that we are using this equipment and are working together to target criminals who are moving between the borders of Cleveland and North Yorkshire in order to commit crime.

“We will be holding regular drop-in sessions for members of the public to get their property marked, and these will be highlighted on our Cleveland Police social media sites and on Cleveland Connected.”

Members of the public can keep an eye out for upcoming dates of drop-in sessions on the Cleveland Police Twitter account @ClevelandPolice, on the Cleveland Police Facebook page and on the Cleveland Connected website.

Inspector Lee Pointon, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “We’ve had an excellent response to our Dot Peen property marking campaign in North Yorkshire, and it’s fantastic to see the service available in Cleveland too.

“Working with Cleveland means that life is going to be even more difficult for cross-border criminals, who will find that security-marked property in both force areas is ‘too hot to handle’. Marking your property is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from being a victim of crime – your property is far harder to sell on if stolen, and we are much more likely to be able to return it to its rightful owner once we recover it.”

Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be marking property with the Dot Peen machine at these upcoming events:

  • Cass House Road allotments, Saturday 14th January between 11am and 1pm
  • Peddlers Cycle Shop, York Road, Redcar, on Thursday 19th January between 12pm-2pm for bike marking


Posted on Tuesday 10th January 2017
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