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ITW Security Division highlights value of holograms in latest White Paper

ITW Security Division has added its latest White Paper entitled ‘The Hologram – Still Going Strong!’ to its website for the personal ID and secure Government documents market at www.itwsecuritydivision.com.

The White Paper challenges the predicted demise of holography and highlights its continuing role as the security feature of choice for Governments and Government agencies in the fight against counterfeiters and organised crime gangs operating in the trade of counterfeit or illicit passports, driving licenses and other personal ID documents.

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The White Paper also looks at the history of the hologram and its role in today’s ID industry. From analysis of what a hologram is through to understanding its use across a variety of substrates – including ID documents and banknotes – the document explores how holography is still meeting authentication and security requirements.

“Holograms are still one of the most important security features available for the verification and authentication of a wide variety of security and ID documents,” commented Bob Carey, ITW Security Division’s business unit manager. “No competing print technology works on so many levels of security (overt, covert and forensic), nor combines the decorative, eye-catching appeal and kinetic effects available in a hologram. We’ve worked to highlight this in the latest in our series of White Papers.”

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ITW Security Division launches new website and series of White Papers

ITW Security Division has re-launched its website for the personal ID and secure Government documents market (www.itwsecuritydivision.com) and provided the first in its new series of White Papers online.

The new website has been designed to highlight ITW Security Division’s complete range of security documents, features and technologies for Governments, project integrators and issuers in a modern and user-friendly experience, helping visitors to the site in locating the information they need much more quickly and easily.

The new image-led website is now much clearer and easier to navigate enabling users to search for relevant products, Case Studies and news that showcase the company’s Covid, Fasver and Imagedata product portfolio.

Additionally, a new Resources section also builds on ITW Security Division’s knowledge base and shares this with registered customers and visitor’s to the site.

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One new White Paper entitled ‘Level 1 Security – Long Live The King!’ presents the results of ITW Security Division’s own research and the continued demand for Level 1 Security features within the market, as well as recent developments in holographic features.

New White Papers will continue to be added, exploring ITW Security Division’s products, issues within the security documentation market and providing help in protecting documents and ID from counterfeiters.

“ITW Security Division offers a wealth of products and services to Governments and companies worldwide to enhance and protect their security documents,” explained Bob Carey, ITW Security Division’s business unit manager. “We wanted our website not only to reflect the breadth of our capabilities, but also to help users find inspiration and ideas for their projects.”

Carey added: “We work exceptionally closely with all of our customers to identify and meet the demanding production requirements of their personal ID and secure documents worldwide. Our website aims to truly represent this fact in both a highly visual and interesting fashion.”

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City of London Police targets the Christmas counterfeiters in planned raids

Detectives from the City of London Police’s dedicated Intellectual Property Crime Unit have arrested three individuals in morning raids and seized more than 1,500 suspected fake goods as part of a crackdown on counterfeit goods being sold online in the lead-up to Christmas.

The operations that took place on Tuesday 9 December form part of the force’s current ‘12 Online Frauds of Christmas’ campaign which has been rolled out across the country to protect millions of people from falling victim to cyber fraudsters.

Detectives from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) arrested a 31 year-old man at his home on suspicion of selling counterfeit designer watches online.

Upon searching the man’s home, officers found and seized around 1,500 suspected fake watches from a range of top designer brands which, if sold at the genuine retail price, are worth around £1 million.

With support from Leicestershire Police, the man was taken to a police station for questioning and later released on bail until May 2015.

In Leeds, the unit arrested a 26 year-old man and a 28 year-old woman at two residential addresses following a referral from the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, a trade organisation which represents rights holders in the branded goods sector.

The City of London Police wants to see counterfeit goods sellers behind bars

The City of London Police wants to see counterfeit goods sellers behind bars

The man and woman are suspected to be two of the UK’s top sellers on social media for counterfeit designer goods. Approximately 150 suspected fake goods were seized from the two properties including designer shoes, handbags, clothes and watches.

The individuals concerned were taken to local police stations for questioning and cautioned by officers.

Sending out a strong message

Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Clark said: “The action taken by the PIPCU sends out a strong message to anyone thinking of selling or buying fake goods that the police take this issue very seriously.”

DCS Clark added: “Counterfeit goods are cheap and shoddy versions of the original and the public need to be aware that they are potentially putting themselves at risk by buying them. Not only can fake goods such as cosmetics or electrical items pose a risk to your health but, if you buy any counterfeit items online, you risk having your computer infected with viruses and malware or your financial details being compromised.”

He concluded: “We would urge anyone who thinks they have unknowingly bought counterfeit goods this Christmas to report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online. Don’t forget… If you believe someone is selling counterfeit goods, you can report it anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers.”

Tim Mascall, director of the IP Crime Unit, stated: “The success of these raids once again shows the value of having a dedicated police unit to co-ordinate the fight against intellectual property crime. The City of London Police’s anti-counterfeiting initiative in the run-up to Christmas is a timely reminder of the serious and insidious nature of product counterfeiting. It’s important for us all to remember that this is not the victimless cottage industry the counterfeiters would have us believe, but rather a well-organised international criminal enterprise often with links to other types of serious crime.”

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