Q. How do the Police know about SelectaDNA?
A. Almost all Police Forces in the U.K. buy SelectaDNA for Crime Reduction campaigns. We don’t just train Police who directly use our products, but we also train other Forces as they will undoubtedly come into contact with SelectaDNA being used independently by homes, schools, businesses etc. Training is given to front-line officers, property officers, custody officers and crime scene investigators.
Q. What exactly does the SelectaDNA Property Marking Solution comprise of?
A. Each pot contains a unique synthetic DNA held in a water-based UV adhesive, containing hundreds of microdots.
Q. Is selectaDNA totally secure, and if so what makes it so?
A. Yes, the patented technology used means it cannot be analysed without prior knowledge of the ‘Key Codes’, and therefore cannot be copied by any third party. Furthermore, as it is made from synthetic DNA, the number of possible unique codes is infinite.
Q. Is the DNA safe?
A. Yes, it is environmentally safe and non-toxic.
Q. What information is held on the microdots?
A. The customers unique selectaDNA registration code, along with our LPS1224 database website address, where the customer's details are held. This allows the Police to be able to identify property 24/7.
Q. What do the microdots look like?
A. They are tiny pin-head sized flat circular dots which are just 1mm in diameter. Under a microscope, you are able to read the unique customer code and database phone number.
Q. Is the database totally secure?
A. Yes, it conforms to the Loss Prevention Certification Board’s standards (LPS1224 Issue 3), so it is totally secure and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to the Police. Issue 3 is the latest version of the standard and allows online registration and searching.
Q. Is there an annual licence fee associated with the database?
A. No, there are no annual charges or renewal fees. The only cost of the selectaDNA product is the one-off purchase price.
Q. So does that mean that any marked item is registered for its entire life?
A. Yes, it does.
Q. Why should we use the warning labels and window stickers?
A. These act as a superb theft deterrent as they warn thieves, from both inside and outside the building, that items are ‘DNA Protected’. The warning labels are tamper resistant so break up into tiny pieces if removal is attempted.
Q. What happens if I sell or give away a marked item?
A. By logging into your online account via www.secureassetregister.com you can list the ‘asset’ and then mark it as sold.
Q. What happens if a thief manages to remove all the Microdots from a stolen item?
A. By applying the solution to grooves, crevices and textured surfaces, a trace of the adhesive (containing both the UV Tracer and DNA) will always be available for forensic analysis.