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Asset and Property Marking


BSIA Asset and Property Marking section members have the common goal of deterring theft and other crimes by rendering stolen goods useless through covert or overt security marking. Security marking enables police to catch and convict criminals, thus creating a powerful deterrent.

The BSIA Asset and Property Marking Section focuses on raising the profile of this sector of the industry to maximise usage, as well as generally increasing awareness of the existence of marking systems and how they work.

The section continues to support the Banknote Watch and Raid-control initiatives. Banknote Watch raises awareness that "a stained note is probably a stolen note" and Raid-control promotes a strong retail robbery deterrent package incorporating cash marking. More details can be found at www.banknotewatch.org and www.raid-control.org

Other important priorities for this group include developing and promoting relevant industry standards, and highlighting important issues to authorities such as the police, insurance companies and the Home Office.

Cash marking
Smoke based systems activate coloured smoke in the event of a robbery. The smoke attracts witness attention and stains banknotes thus supporting forensic investigation. Dye based systems activate a coloured, liquid dye in the event of a robbery which also stains banknotes. This makes notes easy to identify as stolen and again supports forensic investigation.

Asset and Property marking
Property marking is the permanent identification of items to deter thieves. As criminals can be linked to the crime and can be caught and convicted, property marking is a powerful deterrent. Property is uniquely marked and a corresponding number or code may be registered on a master database. This can also enable stolen property to be returned to its rightful owner.


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