Asset & Property Marking Guidance

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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. 

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.

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Asset marking products requirements and test methods

This standard gives requirements related to products used for the marking of assets, including cash,  for the purposes of deterrence against theft and/or identification of stolen goods or identification of a  suspect exposed to a marking product.  This standard also gives requirements for products used to  indicate the authenticity of an item.>

An introduction to PAS 820

PAS 820:2012, ‘Laboratory-identifiable forensic codes – classification of performance when exposed to artificial weathering’ is a document published by the British Standards Institute. Form 147 is a short  introductory guide to help potential readers of the PAS to understand its content and whether or not it  is relevant to them. 

A guide to protecting your bicycle

Bicycle theft is a growing problem in the UK.  According to research carried out by Halfords In 2010, there were 115,147 reported reported thefts.  This guide will help all bicycle owners To protect their bicycle from theft using property marking technology.  A ‘how to’ video to Accompany this guide is available on the BSIA’s YouTube channel – 

Security of Heritage Property

These guidelines are designed to provide owners, managers and guardians of all kinds or heritage  sites and property with an overview of the common considerations of risk assessments and security  measures to be taken into account on heritage sites. It is not intended to be a detailed manual, but  should be used to help frame thinking about security and to outline the process to follow in preparing  risk assessments and the necessary mitigation measures to be taken.  

This guide is primarily intended for owners of private houses, smaller businesses in listed properties,  custodians of individual properties open to the public and groups of volunteers caring for heritage  in their community. 

Manufacture, application and data recording of asset marking systems – a code of practice

This code of practice gives recommendations related to asset marking systems intended  to enable the identification of the legal owner of the marked asset. Recommendations to  be followed by BSIA members are given for the manufacture and suitability of application  of the asset marking system together with the operation of associated registers. It is intended  to be a valuable source of information to assist specifiers and end users. 

Form 298
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Asset and property marking code of ethics for Section members

This code of ethics has been prepared in consultation with the BSIA to safeguard the interests of consumers in the UK of security products provided by members of its Asset & Property Marking Section.

The benefits of DNA Intruder Spray Systems – a guide for jewellers and pawnbrokers

This guide highlights the importance of taking appropriate measures to protect sellers of jewellery, watches and antiques from such crimes, and showcases some of the forensic tagging tht BSIA members produce to deter such crime.

Installation of safety and security systems: Cybersecurity code of practice

This code of practice does not purport to include all the necessary provisions of a contract.