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 May 8th, 2013  
St. Lucie County Sheriff will conduct news conference Thursday, May 9, at 1:30 p.m. to discuss new anti-theft program for county residents using
 
A new, easy-to-use, high-tech way St. Lucie County residents and businesses can protect their property will be the subject of St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara's news conference Thursday, May 9, at 1:30 p.m. at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office on Midway Road.

The Sheriff and his Crime Prevention Unit will be demonstrating "CopDots," an inexpensive way people can mark their property. The CopDots President, Shawn Andreas, will join the Sheriff to discuss CopDots.

CopDots are tiny discs about the size of a grain of sand that contain a unique personal identification number (a "PIN.") The home or business owner applies Cop Dots with a small applicator which glues the CopDots to the item being marked. The user then creates an account at copdots.com and registers as the owner of items with the PIN.

Deputies will be able to read the CopDots PIN with an ultraviolet light reader provided to the Sheriff's Office by the CopDots company. This will allow identification of someone's stolen property.

As additional Treasure Coast law enforcement agencies adopt the CopDots system into their operations, this will make the Treasure Coast more secure when people use CopDots.

A YouTube video explains CopDots:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alNwl6l1_q8

The news conference will be at St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office headquarters, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce - http://goo.gl/maps/az3Sv

More information is available at the CopDots website: copdots.com.

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