10 November 1995

Beat thieves with a dot

THE fight to deter thieves from stealing machinery continues. Latest system to be used by JCB is the Alpha*Dot Marker system which, as its name suggests, employs coded microdots to provide a machine with its own unique identification.

Barely visible to the naked eye, dots can be placed at any number of places around a machine, including cable harnesses, valve blocks, hoses and chassis, so a thief would never know just how many a machine has.

Should a machine be suspected of being stolen, police or port authorities need only detect one dot to read and identify the original owner.

The system, which costs £10, is supplied to order. &#42