DNA program

Payson Police Officer Garth Linkey shows Vice Mayor Janell Sterner how they scan microdots to identify stolen property.

If you have ever had something stolen you know how difficult it can be to get it back.

Many items don’t come with a serial number so even if police locate an item, it can be hard to connect it with the owner.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, June 28, the Payson Police Department will kick off a new campaign, introducing DNA for Property. The meeting takes place at 303 N. Beeline Highway.

DNA for Property is a special forensic adhesive that can be applied to all types of valuables. The adhesive is permanent and dries clear. It is invisible to the naked eye.

Suspended in the adhesive are thousands of “microscopic dots” smaller than a grain of sand. Chemically etched into each microdot is a unique alpha-numeric personal identification number (PIN).

The PIN is registered in a national database linking the number to the user, essentially personalizing all marked items. Every item that has the DNA adhesive can be entered into the users account, including make, model, serial number, pictures and other property characteristics.

The DNA for Property kits will be offered free of charge through a partnership with the insurance industry. Payson residents only need to set up their free account at www.protechDNA.com.

The kits, which have a $40 value, will be mailed directly to the user’s address. There is a one-time set up and shipping fee of $5.99. A portion of the funds go to pay for equipment provided to the agency.

Shawn Andreas, from Protech DNA, will attend.

If you would like additional information on this topic or the company, email info@protechdna.com or call 888-800-1503.

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