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Chipping Goods Initiative: Property Crime Reduction Through the use of Electronic Tagging Systems: A Strategic Plan

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Chris Adams; Richard Hartley
Date Published
24 pages
Addressing property crime concerns, this report details the United Kingdom’s plan to track property using silicon-based electronic data tags.
This report details the use of chipping systems, or silicone-based electronic data tags in reducing and preventing property crime, in the United Kingdom. Arguing that chipping systems overcome the limitations of conventional property marking systems and serve as a useful deterrent to would-be thieves, this report addresses the issue of property crime by discussing the current problem, its impact, and the ways to reduce property crime. Describing chipping systems as silicon-based electronic chips that can communicate property data remotely, the authors situate chipping within the family of radio frequency identification technology. After discussing how these chips carry, format, capture, and communicate property data, this report outlines the strategic plan for implementing chipping systems. Arguing that a series of government-funded Demonstrator Projects can effectively demonstrate the potential effectiveness of chipping in reducing property crime, the authors argue that stakeholders’ interest has been raised and that only partnerships between government and industry will promote the adoption of chipping technology in crime prevention and reduction.