INSTRUMENTS from the music department at Suffolk New College in Ipswich are being marked with SelectaDNA to protect them from loss and theft.
All new equipment as well as existing stock is being invisibly marked after instruments went missing, or were lost by students who had taken them off-site.
Music technician at the college, Rich Bingham, said: “Price-wise the instruments are not particularly high value - all of them are under £500, but they are really valuable to us in terms of not having to spend additional budget to replace them.”
SelectaDNA is a new forensic marking system which can be applied to any item of value including electronic equipment and musical instruments to identify them as belonging to a particular person or place. If an item is stolen and is later recovered by police, the marking can be scanned using a UV light and traced back to the rightful owner.
Suffolk New College recently underwent a major £60 million refurbishment and now benefits from a state-of-the-art Music Department. Students learn skills to help them work within the music industry as a performer, composer or producer.
As part of their course, students are encouraged to take part in live performances, recordings and gigs outside of the college. On these occasions, SelectaDNA gives added reassurance that if a marked instrument was lost or stolen, there is a high chance that it could be recovered by police and returned to the college.
Mr Bingham continued: “Our high value gear such as computers, mixing decks and PA systems are also being marked. Using SelectaDNA makes us feel that we have done the best to protect our property.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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