These Six Home Invasion Statistics Might Surprise You

(DGIwire) — How safe is your home, really? When we think of home invasions, we think of a crafty cat burglar cutting power lines and shimmying in through a skillfully picked window or door—a feat hard to pull off successfully. But in reality, home invasions are commonplace. According to the Electronic Security Association, one occurs […]

Even ‘Safe Zones’ Such as Hospitals Can Fall Victim to Fake Drugs

(DGIwire) — The prevalence of counterfeit prescription drugs has been making headlines, with outlets such as The New York Times and The Huffington Post publishing a plethora of stories on the subject. In February 2014, the Times reported that Indian manufacturers were exporting fake pharmaceuticals. That same month, the Los Angeles Times ran a piece […]

The Hidden Price of Buying Cheaper Drugs Online

(DGIwire)  With more and more of the economy moving online—think Amazon, Airbnb and eBay—and supplanting brick-and-mortar retailers, it seems as if the next logical step would be purchasing all our medications online as well. The benefits, of course, would be to avoid waiting in long lines at the local pharmacy—and lower cost. Well don’t shoot the messenger: the […]

Fake Pills Place Pressure on Global Pharmaceutical Industry

(DGIwire) — When people think of counterfeiters, they often think of men clandestinely printing off scores of illicit $20 bills in shady warehouses by moonlight. Perhaps Leonardo DiCaprio’s character from Catch Me If You Can or Willem Dafoe’s more sinister counterpoint in To Live and Die in LA come to mind. But many people don’t […]

The DNA of Security: A Winning Combo for Home Safety

(DGIwire) — Burglaries are a nightmare scenario. Let’s say someone is out to dinner with their family—and they feel secure since they know they’ve locked the door and set the alarm. However, when they return, the front door is broken and everything that can be lifted—that new flat-screen TV, a laptop, a priceless work of […]

Plant DNA’s Starring Role in Protecting Our Cars from Theft.

(DGIwire) — If real life were anything like Hollywood movies, car thefts would be quick, flashy and go unpunished by law enforcement…especially if the person who stole the car is the movie’s hero, played by a handsome A-list actor. Audiences actually root for these characters, recklessly driving stolen Lamborghinis to pursue a “bad guy.” After […]

How Mother Nature Can Prevent Bank Robberies

(DGIwire) – We might think of bank robbery as something romantic, in a way, as many people unfortunately do. Why? Well, when we hear the names John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd or Bonnie and Clyde, it brings to mind some daring, larger-than-life characters, along with a bygone era in which men wore hats, women were called dames, […]

Thieves Beware: You’re Already Marked Men

(DGIwire) — We’ve all seen this movie before: a masked man bursts into a drugstore, waving a gun in the air and demanding all the money in the register—and some pills to sell on the street. The clerk gives the money up, keeping his eyes down; he doesn’t want to see the guy’s face, which […]

Proactively ‘Planting’ an Effective Anti-Counterfeiting Measure

(DGIwire) – By 2015, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) expects the value of counterfeit goods globally to exceed $1.7 trillion. That’s more than two percent of the world’s total current economic output. In a CNNMoney report, Jeffrey Hardy, head of the anti-counterfeiting program at ICC, says the counterfeiting business is exploding—and it goes way […]

Avoiding Fabric-ations: DNA Makes Sure ‘100% Cotton’ is 100% Real

 (DGIwire) — The global spread of counterfeit goods, including textiles, has now reached epic proportions. According the U.S. Customs and Border Control, counterfeit apparel and accessories account for more than 50 percent of all seized goods. Textiles are an easy target because, unlike electronic equipment and weaponry, they are easy to ship and easy to make into near-identical replicas—a/k/a […]

Tracing Stripped Copper: A Solution for the Wire Theft Epidemic

(DGIwire) — Copper-wire theft is at or near an all-time high in America thanks to the skyrocketing costs of copper, a still-sputtering economy, high prices paid by scrap metal dealers, and the relative ease with which wire can be stolen from unguarded locations and resold to recyclers who don’t care where it originated. Although metal […]

Detonating the Ticking Time Bomb of Faulty Electrical Parts

(DGIwire) — A corrosive influx of counterfeit electronic parts into America’s manufacturing supply chain is costing the U.S. government and its contractors untold billions each year. However, the problem is not just limited to those who supply government agencies. Recent reports show that consumer and industrial businesses are losing approximately $250 billion each year because of […]

Counterfeit Goods: New Technology Offers New Protection

(DGIwire) — Polls show that half the population opposes any kind of counterfeiting, and believes the government should be more proactive in its efforts to curtail the practice. They understand that counterfeiting damages companies, manufacturers and many others economically, and in some industries can put lives in serious danger—for example, in counterfeit military equipment. For more […]

Modern Crimefighting Partners: DNA and a Nanosecurity Pioneer

(DGIwire) — Those who watch crime shows know that modern criminologists often use DNA—short for deoxyribonucleic acid—to solve crimes by identifying victims and suspects while ruling out the innocent. Though the genetic code for all human beings is 99.9 percent identical, no one has the exact same DNA except identical twins. Thus, DNA is also used […]

Counterfeit Clothing? Plant DNA Keeps Fabrics Genuine

(DGIwire) — Lots of things we see, touch and wear are not what they seem. That thick head of hair we admire could be a wig. We’re accustomed to seeing fake nails and fake handbags that pretend to be their upscale sisters. But—fake fabrics? That’s right: counterfeit textiles— and entire garments that are not what we […]

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