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New technology to cut fuel theft

May 09, 2012
The AATTS alarm films thieves and links them to crimes using DNA technology.

A revolutionary, portable alarm system that can film thieves and link them to crimes using DNA technology in remote locations has been hailed by police as a major step towards helping to combat a massive rise fuel theft.

The Armadillo and Alarmed and Traceable Technology Solutions System (AATTS), developed by Kilmarnock-based PID Systems, are the first purpose-built alarms for protecting vulnerable properties and locations to be approved and recommended by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). 

With fuel at record high prices police have reported a massive rise in fuel theft from private vehicles. National data has not been collected but some police forces have reported increases of more than 100% in the past 12 months.  Thieves steal fuel by cutting through fuel lines, smashing open fuel caps, removing petrol and diesel tanks or, in some cases, drilling into the fuel tanks and pumping out the contents.

The Armadillo system is wireless, so it doesn’t need to be connected to a mains supply. It is vandal resistant and can be installed quickly and easily. The AATTS sounds when an intruder is detected, sending a signal to the owner of the building, to PID Systems and it also captures any attempted theft on video.   It is used in conjunction with an indelible red UV dye which can only be seen under UV light. It coats intruders with a unique encrypted molecular marking agent that can be linked back to the crime scene.

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