Updated: Jan 6, 2020

More than five million thefts occur nationally each year. And in many cases, once police have recovered the items, it's difficult for them to determine the rightful owner. TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen demonstrated a new piece of technology that can help protect your property in the event of a robbery. You can see his video, provided by the Today Show, at:

Using the technology from the company ProTech DNA, you can get an anti-theft kit that allows you to tag your stuff with a tiny dot that will tell police its your property.

Here's how it works: The company assigns you a personal PIN number and sends an envelope with an adhesive gel in it. The gel has microscopic dots that can be used to trace ownership of the item specifically to you. Apply the gel to anything you don't want stolen, and police can identify your personal pin with a UV light and a special camera. Over 5,000 police departments across the country have teamed up with Protech DNA, with the company adding about 1,000 more every month.

Your personal pin is then entered into the company's database, which produces your email and phone number. Each kit comes with enough gel to mark about 100 personal items.

The video shows a police officer looking over various items using this technology and he was able to identify correctly all of the tagged items which then corresponded to the owner’s name and telephone number.

And, best of all, you can sign up at ProTech DNA's website at: It's completely free; all you pay is about $5 to get the kit shipped.

Source: Today Show by Jeff Rossen

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