Trace-in-Metal Granted Prized Secured by Design Status

A North Yorkshire business’ revolutionary security system which protects lead roofs from metal thieves, has achieved the prized Police crime prevention accreditation Secured by Design.The process used by York-based Trace-in-Metal involves infusing thousands of microdots into metal sheets ‘marking’ them with a unique identifying code.

Such is the science behind Trace-in-Metal, which is led by a former police detective and a Swedish ballistics expert, that even the smelting process cannot destroy the nickel dots and their unique tags.

To achieve Secured by Design status, this unique deterrent - which is currently protecting scores of roofs on churches, stately homes and public buildings in Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire - had to pass a series of standards and stringent tests conducted by independent laboratories.

These test the product’s effectiveness in preventing or reducing crime, usually by resistance to physical attack.

Secured by Design works on behalf of Police Forces throughout the country and uses proven crime prevention techniques to reduce crime through environmental design to create secure spaces at the design stage and to set product standards that achieve ‘police preferred specification’.


Trace-in-Metal chief executive John Minary said: “Being awarded Secured by Design status really is the jewel in our crown.

“It is a massive vote of confidence in our system and will give potential clients the assurance to know that Trace-in-Metal is a highly regarded crime prevention product.

“To be a Secured by Design member we have had to undergo rigorous scrutiny and testing. I’m delighted we have passed and we now join an exclusive club.”

The Association of British Insurers has estimated that the introduction of Secured by Design standards across the UK would bring more than £3.2 billion worth of savings to the economy over 20 years.

Secured by Design development officer Alfie Hosker said: “This is a really exciting crime prevention product. It is easy to apply and effective because it is uniquely traceable, even after the smelting process.

“This is a great deterrent to any opportunist thief or more determined, organised criminal. It will help to combat lead theft from heritage sites and church roofs through to locations where lead is used within the fabric of the building or structure.”

Last year Trace-in-Metal, which was officially launched at Ripley Castle in the summer of 2014, was awarded a £120,000 government innovation grant.

The match-funded money – given by Innovate UK – has enabled Trace-in-Metal to further develop its revolutionary metal marking system and to help garner vital third party accreditations, including that of Secured by Design.

Picture caption: Innovation Recognition! Trace-in-Metal’s chief executive John Minary (front left) receives the award from Secured by Design development officer Alfie Hosker, watched by Trace-in-Metal team members Sara Notfors, John Barr and Paul Batty.

Ten Reasons why Trace-in-Metal is the “Complete Solution”:

  1. Tiny nickel microdots are fused with the lead, using Trace-in-Metal’s patented ballistic technology and virtually undetectable by thieves.
  2. Trace-in-Metal Ltd provide the means for refiners and the police to be able to recover and easily read the micro-dots.
  3. Trace-in-Metal microdots survive melting so that refiners and smelters can recover and read the microdots even after the lead has been melted down.
  4. To assist police, Trace-in-Metal microdots are also painted onto the surface of each sheet of lead using an all-weather lacquer that shows under ultraviolet light.
  5. A weather-resistant UV marker is also used to mark the premises’ post code.
  6. Trace-in-Metal’s in-house database securely records codes against installation locations allowing stolen metal to be traced back to source.
  7. Deterrent signage informs thieves of the risk of taking the metal from Trace-in-Metal premises.
  8. Trace-in-Metal provides police compliant witness statements and advice on victim impact statements.
  9. Automatic alerts to local neighbourhood policing teams and licensed scrap metal dealers follow each Trace-in-Metal installation using social networks and cascading emails.
  10. Trace-in-Metal’s unique technology provides local police and enforcement agencies with a quick and easy means of tracing metal back to source.