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 GLOWTEC DYETECTIVE - Let's catch your thief.

 

 

The DYETECTIVE System - How it Works

 

White DYEtective on a Thief's Hand in normal and UV light Red DYEtective Gel on a Thief's hands in norma and UV light Green DYEtective on a Thief's Hand in normal and UV light
WHITE HAND STAIN RED HAND STAIN GREEN HAND TAG

Three different markers for different situations and circumstances

 

When Trust is Misplaced

Along with all the nice folks, in every Human Collective there is always a thief; a liar and a traitor. More often than not, it is one and the same person and we usually have a good idea who it is. Proving it however, is not so easy. Unless that is, you have a helping hand from a DYEtective.

Employee 'Trust' issues are matters best handled with tact and discretion in calm and professional manner. Voicing unproven accusations and suspicions will certainly not help resolve the situation and may well make matters worse. It doesn't always have be about theft either. There are many ways colleagues and employees can 'let the side down', malicious tampering, spiteful pranks and vandalism to name but a few. Each instance has to be addressed and properly resolved to ensure all employees receive the message:

Such behaviour is unacceptable. You will be caught and you will be dismissed.

Studies have shown that when employees see co-workers get away with stealing company property, even minor items such as paper, post-it-notes, pens or paperclips, they are far more likely to steal themselves. 

 

Investigate to find Hard Evidence of Employee Theft.

Don't go jumping to conclusions. Run a discreet investigation to establish the nature and scope of any possible thefts. If thefts are taking place, then what is needed is clear 'Evidence-of-Guilt' obtained in a discreet and legitimate manner so the miscreant may be presented with the evidence against them and the situation managed properly and responsibly. You will probably have suspicions as to who is responsible after considering such factors as: access, opportunity, shift-patterns, means etc.

 

How do you Obtain 'Evidence-of-Guilt'?

That rather depends on the individual nature and circumstance of the problem faced. Each instance may demand a different approach from that of another. CCTV footage is obviously helpful if available and obtained legitimately. However what is often required, is hard-evidence linking an individual to a theft.

 

You Set a Trap to Catch-a-Thief

How this should be done is of course the Manager's call and will depend entirely on the circumstances and nature of the problem, but one much easier to make, if they have at their disposal, the means with which they can identify the miscreant with the minimum of fuss.

 

For this you Need a DYETECTIVE Kit.

Think of it as a CSI Forensic Kit for Managers. We have a range of these low-cost kits each containing one or more specially formulated compound designed to invisibly 'stain' a suspect, who comes into contact with goods, property or cash they should not be in contact with. These compounds are manufactured by GLOWTEC here in the UK and are not available through any other retail outlet. Each compound lends itself to a certain type of situation; with some situations best addressed using a combination of two or more DYEtective compounds...

 

WHITE DYETECTIVE  (click for details)

White UV Detection Gel to help Catch a Thief

White DYEtective Gel is a clear non-dying clear coating encapsulating an invisible UV Revealing staining compound which activated by moisture in the skin, will temporally stain both skin and clothing for several hours, possibly days; depending on the hand-hygiene habits of the host. 

To see the white stain a UV Blacklight is required and used in a darkened environment. Being a clear innocuous coating, White DYEtective Gel may be used on any colour of non-porous surface.

 

RED DYETECTIVE  (click for details)

Red UV Detection Hand-Stain Gel to help Catch a Thief

A thin layer of concentrated DYEtective Gel contains thousands of tiny particles which react with moisture in the skin to produce a temporary stubborn red stain, which is difficult to remove. However, after repeated washing, most of the visible stain may be removed, although a pinky trace usually remains visible for several hours thereafter. However, despite intensive washing, an Invisible UV-Revealing stain will remain on the skin for several days.  To view the Invisible UV stain, a UV Blacklight is required. The size and longevity of the stain, will depend on the amount of handling by the thief along with their hand washing habits. As this is essentially a dark coating it is therefore recommend for use on DARK non-porous surfaces. 

 

GREEN DYETECTIVE  (click for details)

Green UV Detection Gel to help Catch a Thief Not a skin stain as such, Green DYEtective encapsulates many thousands of microscopic UV Revealing particles, which are attracted to the skin and surfaces by their static charge. Once contact is made with the particles, they can remain hidden on hands or skin for several hours and on clothing for several days. The presence of these tiny tagging particles demonstrates contact with the prepared bait. However as with any DYEtective compound, the sooner the suspected miscreant is apprehended the less likely their chance of plausible deniability.

 

Click here for more about the DYEtective compounds themselves.

 


 

 

 

THE OPPORTUNIST THIEF

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!

 

 

The nature of the White DYEtective means the stain needs to be viewed in a darkened room

 

 


 

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.

 

 
THE PREDATORY THIEF

In this example we have an employee of a Nursing Home praying on the Elderly residents stealing personal valuables including items of valuables 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.

 

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.

 

 

 

THE MALICIOUS PRANKSER

In this example we have someone who finds it amusing to  set-off the fire alarms or deliberately discharging fire extinguishers costing his or her School or Employer time, productivity and money, as well as Fire Service 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 will remain active indefinitely.

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.

 


 

THE TAMPERER

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
Tele-Comms Equipment
Access Control Systems
Alarm Control Systems

 


 

Step 1:  Choose the Trap

For this example we can assume the perpertrator 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.

 

Click here for a simplified look-up table.

 


 
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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