EDDY COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Police in southeastern New Mexico have a new high-tech tool that will help get stolen property back to its rightful owners.
Tuesday, the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office, Carlsbad Police and Artesia Police launched Anti Theft Dots, a new technology used to help solve and prevent property crimes in the area.
“We’re hoping we can work together with the citizens to have a program that will help identify their property,” said Artesia Police Commander Lindell Smith.”
The dots are a home kit protection system and the first of their kind in the state. They come in a glue-like-substance with an irremovable pin number etched into them.
The person using the product just has to apply the adhesive to any type of valuable they want to protect.
Once the dots are applied, the user registers the specific pin number into AntiTheftDots.com. Law enforcement will then be able to scan the protected product and know immediately who it belongs to.
“The return of stolen property means a lot to the police officers and it means a lot to the victims too,” said Smith.
In Artesia alone, there are about 32 property crimes a week. Of those thefts, only about three are actually solved.
Officers say this new technology will help increase that number.
“It’s a big deal for somebody to enter your house or enter your car without your permission and take your stuff, so it should be just as big of a deal to get that stuff back,” said Smith.
“Nobody wants their stuff stolen,” said Nancy Calderon. “You work hard to have what you get, so if we can recover it faster thats good.”
Anyone in Eddy County can buy the Anti Theft Dots. They’re available for $30 at Walgreens in Carlsbad and Bryan Printers and Stationers in Artesia.