Operation Hands Off proves crop, equipment ownership

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Thieves beware.

Operation Hands Off deploys AgriDotDNA, a global crop confetti and MicroDotDNA Technology that provides law enforcement, farmers and grain purchasers with 24/7 access to stored crops and equipment ownership database.

Theft of farm equipment and stored grain is an increasing problem for farmers. The introduction of Operation Hands Off to the farming community is a step in preventing theft through a comprehensive crime prevention strategy and database system.

“Taking precautions to identify stored crops and register equipment is an important and effective step to preventing theft, said Pat Cowman, director of the Operation Hands Off program. “Thieves know their business and tend to move property outside of the local area to turn stolen property into cash. Highly traceable property poses a significant risk to the thieves and deters the theft before it occurs.”

The Operation Hands Off program allows grain buyers to check all crops brought into their elevators for AgriDotDNA crop confetti and verifies the crop’s registration immediately to prevent theft.

Operation Hands Off is a property identification program that makes property highly traceable and “too hot to handle by thieves.” The program protects all types of property and raises the thieves’ risk of being caught with marked and traceable stolen property.

Farmers are encouraged to participate in the program and check serial numbers of used equipment and property on the Operation Hands Off web site before purchasing them. Taking a few minutes to check used property benefits everyone and discourages theft.

Farmers are also encouraged to be vigilant and report suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.

If your aware of a crime and want to remain anonymous you can call Canadian Crime Stoppers Association and submit a tip at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).