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SIRAS Helps Fight Retail Crime

5/25/2010 02:30:30 PM Eastern
Redmond, Wash. - SIRAS said that its law-enforcement database, SIRAS P.I., has been instrumental in aiding two recent police investigations.

One of the instances was in Northern California and the other in Florida, leading to the arrest of suspects in both cases. In both cases patrol officers discovered stolen property by running a product serial number inquiry against the SIRAS P.I. database at the time of the incident.

Access to SIRAS P.I. is provided free of charge to authorized law-enforcement personnel.

"The increasing number of cases we are hearing about where SIRAS played a role in apprehending suspects is very gratifying," said Peter Junger, president of SIRAS. "And not only is it helping police build their cases, it's also enabling the stolen products to be returned the retailers or rightful owners from which they were stolen."

In Mountain View, Calif., patrol officers stopped a car for a suspected narcotics violation, only to find electronics in the car. Upon questioning, the suspects produced a receipt from a leading retailer with a serial number printed on it. Product serial numbers print on transaction receipts as part of the patented SIRAS Electronic Registration Program incorporated into retailer point-of-sale systems. Noticing that the serial number on the receipt did not match the number on the television itself, the officer ran the television serial number through SIRAS P.I., only to find no verifiable sale record for that item, indicating that it may have been stolen.

"SIRAS P.I. played a vital role in our ability to make a case against the suspects on our case," said Detective Michael Fisher of the Mountain View Police Department. "Because our patrol officer was able to run a SIRAS search on the spot, we were able to immediately determine that the suspect's story was a lie.  No other tool we use gives us this kind of information."

In Broward County, Fla., police observed suspicious activity taking place in a parking lot. Upon investigating, they were able to determine, using SIRAS P.I., that eight portable media players in the suspect's car had been stolen from another leading retailer that also incorporates SIRAS's Electronic Product Registration technology into their point-of-sale operations.

Suspects in both cases are awaiting trial and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, SIRAS said in a statement.

SIRAS is a pioneer in point-of-sale electronic product registration and return validation technology, which allows retailers and manufacturers to track product, reduce returns and fraud, protect inventory, recover stolen product, validate warrantees, and improve both forward and reverse logistics. SIRAS also provides law enforcement and retail loss-prevention professionals with access to its product data network, SIRAS P.I., for use as a crime-fighting tool to help them track product and establish ownership.  SIRAS provides this access at no charge. For more information about SIRAS P.I. or to register as a user, email siraspi@siras.com.
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