Apr 11, 2011 11:33 PM by Shawn Kline
St. Landry Parish is set to be the first in the state to start using micro-technology to prevent crime.
They're called 'data-dots.' They're no larger than a millimeter but they could save the parish a fortune.
"Over the last few years, there have been burglaries and burglary rings we broke up." Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says, "and a lot of times we recover property and there are no serial numbers on the property."
Sheriff Guidroz says he has a stock-pile of stolen items in his evidence locker. Now, a new tagging technique, using tiny data-dots could bring the theft rate down.
"Hopefully criminals will know that there is technology out there and we're a step ahead of them." Guidroz says, "it should make a difference in their view of whether they're going to steal it or not."
The data-dots are meant to protect items from theft, a laptop for example, can be traced back to its original owner just by finding one of the dots attached to the item.
"I think it'll be a very good investment." Verbis Laflur says, "not only commercial-wise but I'm going to use it on everything around my house."
Laflur does electrical work. He says a house he was working on was recently robbed of copper wire.
"We put our copper in, went back the next Monday and every piece of copper that was outside was gone- they stole it all."
Sheriff Guidroz says that won't be a problem anymore. These data dots can trace the stolen material back to its original owner and put thieves behind bars.