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 GLOWTEC DYETECTIVE - Let's catch your thief.

 

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Before you go about catching your thief, prankster or saboteur, you should firstly consider how exactly you are going to do it!  To catch-a-thief you must set a trap!

A blatantly obvious trap will be spotted easily and warn the perpetrator of your intentions. However, a well planned trap would be the most ordinary in appearance and typical in its carelessness and availability underpinned by a pre-prepared cover story used to explain the subsequent inspection of the suspects hands and clothing.

Your cover story should be completely plausible and possibly even expected!  Why? If your prime suspect(s) do not show the expected marks of guilt, you would not want to reveal your operation prematurely, thus allowing you to continue the search for the real thieves. Of course you could choose to be open and frank about what your are doing and why, however such an approach would not afford you room for manoeuvre if circumstances were to change!

You are of course free to devise and use any cover story you wish, or even be open and up-front about what your are looking for and why if you so choose.  We have devised a simple and plausible cover story that you may find suitable for your circumstances.

Once you have found / caught your thief, the rest is up to you.

 
 
 
 
 
   Primary Hand Hygiene Cover Story...
 

For businesses and institutions who rely on good hand-hygiene as a core expectation of its staff i.e. medical practices, food manufactures, restaurants and cafes, care and rest homes etc, then it would come as no surprise that the CQC (Care Quality Commission) was trialling a new Hand Hygiene Assessment Programme and your home, business or branch has been ask to participate in the trial.

This would of course have no direct impact on  the staff other than a random, occasional hand hygiene inspection, looking for contaminants and pathogens using a Special light whose light would reveal the presences of such undesirables. Of course for most staff the result would be a pleasing negative.

Such a cover story announced in advance of any trap being set, would nicely disguise your subsequent inspection of any member of staff.

 
 
 
 
 
 
   Alternative Toilet Hygiene Cover Story...
 

For business and organisations who do not place such importance on hand-hygiene, it could serve your purpose to propose a similar initiative / trial of employee toilet hygiene from a Health & Safety perspective.

After all, who wants to touch or handle something that some else has handled, and who did not wash their hands after using the toilet!

Using the subterfuge that the UV torch can reveal  germs / bacteria present on the hands, you can announce a series of random inspections of staff hands prior to setting your trap.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

In this example we assume an opportunist thief is at large in the workplace and cash is being stolen from the purses, bags or wallets of colleagues, residents or friends. 

Of course every situation is different and there are many ways of going about it. Here is just one way.

 

 


 

Step 1:  Prepare the Bait

When your thief takes the cash you have prepared it must be proved beyond doubt that the some of the cash in their possession is the same as that actually taken place in the trap. To achieve this we mark all the notes with an invisible UV marker, adding the name of the company and the date....

 

 

Invisible ink marking a 20 pound note

mouse over this picture to see the hidden marking

 

 

Once the cash is marked, we now need to coat the cash in White or Green DYEtective Powder which will transfer on contact with the thief...

 

 

20 pound note being coated in UV detection powder

 

10 pound note being coated in UV detective powder

5 pound note being coated in UV detective powder

Lightly coat each note with White or Green DYEtective Powder

 

 


 

 

Step 2:  Place the Bait

Depending on where the thefts are taking place would determine where the bait would be placed.  In a general office environment, a bag would be stowed under a desk as so to be out-of-sight (as it would normally be placed by a careful owner).

 

UV marked cash being placed in a trap purse

white uv detection gel applied to purse zip pull

Place some of the cash in zippered compartment and apply DYEtective Gel to the Zip-Pull

 

white uv detection gel applied to purse zip pull

how to catch a thief

Finally apply a thin coating of DYEtective Gel to the outer Zip-Pull and your bait is ready to placed.

 

 

 


 

 

Step 3:  Set the Trap

An opportunist thief must believe the opportunity is genuine and his or her luck is in. In real terms this will only be achieved with a realistic trap, not one that looks too-good-to-be-true. In this example the baited hand-bag must also contain the usual items and make-up a lady would normal have in her bag. A bag with nothing but a purse inside is not a realistic proposition.

 

 

white uv detection gel applied to handbag zip pull 

white uv detection gel applied to handbag zip pull

DYEtective Gel applied to the handbag Zip-Pulls will begin the staining process.

 

 

Before placing the bag in the designated spot, apply White or Green DYEtective Gel to the Zipper. This will be first contact the thief has with bag and the staining process begins here.

 

 

white uv detection gel in normal light white uv detection gel under UV light

This is what happens to their fingers when the try to get at the cash!

 

 


 

 

Step 4:  Check the Trap

Periodically check the status of the bag discreetly and only when sure you are certain that you will not be observed do so.

Inspect the hands of your prime suspect(s) as soon as possible once the theft has been confirmed. The longer the delay between the theft-act and apprehension, the greater the chance for deniability.

These simply principles should work for most situations of theft or tampering. The only thing you really need to decide is which DYEtective compound is to be used.

 

Click here for a simplified look-up table.

 

 

 

 

 

In this example we have an employee of a  Nursing Home praying on elderley residents, stealing personal valuables including items of jewellery and cash.

 


 

 

Step 1:  Prepare the Bait

In this situation a small metal jewellery box or cash-purse will be used to hold the invisibly marked cash and valuables, out of sight in a draw.

When your thief takes any cash from the trap you have prepared, it must be proved beyond doubt that the some of the cash in their possession is the same as that actually taken place in the trap. To achieve this we mark the notes with an invisible UV marker, adding the name of the home and the date (especially relevant if 'suspect' staff use disposable gloves as a matter of course)

Any items of jewellery / valuables being used as bait should be individually marked using a thin smear of White DYEtective Gel and place in the box or container.

Tip: It may also be wise to date-photograph the items being used in the trap, especially any with distinguishing marks or features.

Once the contents of the jewellery box box / Container are prepared, place them inside the box and either smear the entire box itself (if small) or the opening clasp or other obvious handling point-of-contact.

If cash is being used as bait, ensure the notes are individually 'marked and powdered' (as per the procedure outlined in 'The Cash Thief' above) and placed in the purse. Finally smear the purse's zipper (or clasps) with White DYEtective Gel.

 

 

Apply white uv detection gel to a purse clasp

DYEtective Gel applied to the the purse's metal clasps will stain anyone who opens it.

 

 

 


 

 

Step 2:  Place the Bait

Place the box / purse in the back of draw (or wardrobe) and cover so it is out-of-sight and would therefore need to be 'looked for' to be found.

An opportunist thief must believe the opportunity is genuine and his or her luck is in. In real terms this will only be achieved with a realistic trap, not one that looks too-good-to-be-true. In this example the baited jewellery-box must appear to be hidden away from prying eyes.

 

 


 

 

Step 3:  Check the Trap

Periodically check the status of the box / purse discreetly and only when sure you are certain that you will not be observed do so.

Inspect the hands of your prime suspect(s) as soon as possible once the theft has been confirmed. The longer the delay between the theft-act and apprehension, the greater the chance for deniability.

These simply principles should work for most situations of theft or tampering. The only thing you really need to decide is which DYEtective compound is used.

 

Click here for a simplified look-up table.

 

 


 

 

 

 

In this example we have someone who finds it amusing to set-off the fire alarms or discharging extinguishers costing his or her School or Employer  time, productivity and money, as well as the Fire Departments time too!

 


 

 

Step 1:  Choose the Bait

More than likely this miscreants will choose a 'fire-alarm / extinguisher location' which is not covered by CCTV or one likely to be observed by staff or co-workers.

 

 


 

 

Step 2:  Set the Trap

Smear the glass with a thin coating White DYEtective Gel (and should there be a metal hammer provided, smear this too). The gel will not dry out and should remain active for several weeks.

If the miscreant uses the hammer - his hands will be invisibly stained with a UV dye. Should he use his elbow to break the glass, his clothing will be stained in the same manner. 

 

 


 

 

Step 4:  Check the Bait

Periodically check the status of the bait discreetly and only when sure you are certain that you will not be observed do so.

Being as alarm points and extinguishers are for emergency use only, they are unlikely to be handled or touched by staff on a day-to-day basis, which means the trap could remain prepped and set for several days!

Inspect the hands of your prime suspect(s) as soon as possible once the theft has been confirmed. The longer the delay between the act of vandalism and apprehension, the greater the chance for deniability.

These simply principles should work for most situations of theft or tampering. The only thing you really need to decide is which DYEtective compound is used.

 

Click here for a simplified look-up table.

 

 


 

 

 

In this example we have an individual(s) who  finds it amusing to meddle (or tamper) with control panels, computers, alarm systems etc causing significant disruption and costs.

Tampering could affect all manner of critical and non-critical equipment and may include...

 

IT Equipment
Telecomms Equipment
Access Control Systems
Alarm Control Systems

 


 

 

Step 1:  Choose the Trap

For this example we can assume the perpetrator is a repeating nuisance and the source of the tampering is known to be a digital keypad.

 

 


 

 

Step 2:  Set the Trap

Smear the keys of the keypad with a thin coating White DYEtective Gel. The Gel will not dry out and will remain active indefinitely.

When the miscreant presses the keys his (or her) finger tip will be invisibly stained with a UV dye, disclosable using a UV light.

 

 


 

 

Step 4:  Check the Trap

Periodically check the status of the bait discreetly and only when sure you are certain that you will not be observed do so.

If it is a keypad that is used daily then you should replenish the DYEtective Gel on the keys used normally. If the keypad is not used daily then there will be no need replenish the dye coating and the trap could remain prepped and set for several days!

Inspect the hands of your prime suspect(s) as soon as possible once the act has been confirmed. The longer the delay between the act of vandalism and apprehension, the greater the chance for deniability.

These simply principles should work for most situations of theft or tampering. The only thing you really need to decide is which DYEtective compound is used.

 

 


 

 

 

Please Note: We cannot and do not offer legal advice of any kind. Please seek professional legal advice if you require it. 

 

 

 
     

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