An invaluable resource for the proxy-marking industry —
The Crime Prevention Website (TCPW) is a comprehensive source for all things related to crime prevention. Its author, Calvin Beckford, is a retired English police officer who set out to create “the most comprehensive crime prevention website ever!”
“Proxy-marking” property is not well known to consumers in the United States even though corporations, hospitals, universities and governments have been doing it for at least 70 years; and the police have been widely recommending it to citizens for over 40 years. It was nice to learn through TCPW that proxy-marking property in England is widely understood and available. TCPW also provides an example of how property marking prevents crime.
In the United States, there is the Underwrites Laboratory (UL). In Europe, the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) and the website Red Book Live, play a similar role. The major difference being that the LPCB standards are recognized in around 50 countries.
Our system rests solidly atop global standards
Our system is based on old technology that has been migrated to the web. It’s not complex, but it’s nice to know the expectations for the product and service have been codified. The LPCB standards are as follows:
LPS 1225: Issue 3.2 “specifies requirements for the composition and performance of an asset marking system such that, when used according to the manufacturer’s instructions, the asset marking device may:
- Enable the marked asset to be traced to the legal owner via a secure database-register linked to the marking system employed.
- Act as a theft deterrent in the first instance by virtue of a visible marking.”
LPS 1224: Issue 3.1 “specifies requirements for asset registration companies providing secure asset registration services designed to support the identification and repatriation of assets when those assets are lost or stolen.”