Thousands of microdots are infused into metal sheets marking them with a unique identifying code A North Yorkshire businesses’ revolutionary security system which protects lead roofs from metal thieves, has achieved the prized Police crime prevention accreditation Secured by Design. The process used by York-based Trace-in-Metal involves infusing thousands of microdots into metal sheets marking them with a unique identifying code. Such is the science behind Trace-in-Metal, which is led by a former police detective and a Swedish ballistics expert, that even the smelting process cannot destroy the nickel dots and their unique tags. Protecting scores of roof To achieve Secured by Design status, this unique deterrent—which is currently protecting scores of roofs on churches, stately homes, and public buildings in Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire—had to pass a series of standards and stringent tests conducted by independent laboratories. These test the product’s effectiveness in preventing or reducing crime, usually by resistance to physical attack. Secured by Design works on behalf of Police Forces throughout the country and uses proven crime prevention techniques to reduce crime through environmental design to create secure spaces at the design stage and to set product standards that achieve ‘police preferred specification’. Crime prevention Trace-in-Metal chief executive John Minary said: “Being awarded Secured by Design status really is the jewel in our crown.” “It is a massive vote of confidence in our system and will give potential clients the assurance to know that Trace-in-Metal is a highly regarded crime prevention product.” “To be a Secured by Design member we have had to undergo rigorous scrutiny and testing. I’m delighted we have passed and we now join an exclusive club.” “This is a great deterrent to any opportunist thief or more determined, organised criminal" The Association of British Insurers has estimated that the introduction of Secured by Design standards across the UK would bring more than £3.2 billion worth of savings to the economy over 20 years. Revolutionary metal marking system Secured by Design development officer Alfie Hosker said: “This is a really exciting crime prevention product. It is easy to apply and effective because it is uniquely traceable, even after the smelting process.” “This is a great deterrent to any opportunist thief or more determined, organised criminal. It will help to combat lead theft from heritage sites and church roofs through to locations where lead is used within the fabric of the building or structure.” Last year Trace-in-Metal, which was officially launched at Ripley Castle in the summer of 2014, was awarded a £120,000 government innovation grant. The match-funded money—given by Innovate UK—has enabled Trace-in-Metal to further develop its revolutionary metal marking system and to help garner vital third party accreditations, including that of Secured by Design.
The match-funded money awarded by Innovate UK, will enable Trace-in-Metal to further develop its metal marking system A North Yorkshire business that has developed a pioneering security system to ward off metal thieves has secured a £120,000 government innovation grant. Revolutionary metal marking system The match-funded money – awarded by Innovate UK – will enable Trace-in-Metal to further develop its revolutionary metal marking system and to help garner vital third party accreditations. Trace-in-Metal is led by a former police detective and a Swedish ballistics expert, and its process involves infusing thousands of microdots into metal sheets - in particular lead - “marking” them with a unique identifying code. And, such is the science behind Trace-in-Metal, that even the smelting process cannot destroy the nickel dots and their unique tags. In addition to being impregnated into the metal, the dots – which are almost invisible to the naked eye - are also painted on to each sheet using an all-weather lacquer that shows up under ultra-violet light. Protection of churches and historic buildings The deterrent is currently protecting a series of churches and historic buildings in Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lincolnshire, many of which have been victims of metal thieves in the past. Trace-in-Metal Chief Executive John Minary said: “Receiving this grant from Innovate UK is very welcome news indeed. This money, combined with funding we have secured from private investors, will allow us to take this unique security system to the next level. “We now have the financial resources in place to enhance our research and development both here, in the UK, and in Sweden. “Whilst Trace-in-Metal was initially designed to security-tag lead, we are now developing different responses to other metals, especially copper. Additionally, it will allow us to obtain crucial third party accreditation, which will then help us achieve ‘preferred supplier status’ with a number of key organisations that own and manage historic buildings across the UK.” A real deterrent to metal thieves Trace-in-Metal Sales Director Paul Batty said: “We have a fantastic, unique product that is a real deterrent to metal thieves. “Because the dots can’t be destroyed, even in the smelting process, it also makes unscrupulous scrap metal dealers think twice. “The simple fact is Trace-in-Metal is making lead simply too hot to handle, and is another key feature that sets us apart from any other products on the market. We are now introducing Trace-in-Metal to an ever growing audience, both here and abroad, who are keen to find out more about its applications and benefits, and how it can protect their property and products.”