'World's first' dog to sniff out pilfered cabling is Brit black lab
Metal-searching Jazz has nose for crime
A dog named Jazz has been trained to sniff out forensic markings on metal to help cops nab crooks who pinch copper cabling from BT's underground telephone network.
Come on, show us your Jazz hands
The two-year-old black labrador from Blackpool was described as the "first detection dog" of its kind in the world to sniff out stolen metal in scrap yards and other locations where nicked copper or lead might be hard for the human eye to spot.
Home Office police dog instructor Mick Swindells, who is a former Lancashire Constabulary cop, trained Jazz to locate scented forensic markings on metals such as copper, lead and aluminum.
"As humans we can only search in 2D ie. in the line of sight, but dogs can search in 3D by using their noses. They can be incredibly accurate, and can pinpoint their target to within a couple of centimetres," he said.
A chihuahua spotted acting suspiciously
around a BT box last night
The cost of metal pinching to Britain's taxpayers is said to have jumped from £700m in December last year to £770m as of today. Around 1,000 such thefts are reported to the police each week.
Selectamark Security Systems, which provides its SelectaDNA product that helps to identify property and link thieves to crime scenes, counts police forces in the UK and companies including Network Rail as some of its customers. ®
down our road last night, I happened to see a black labrador laying a cable.
Re: Anyone else @shade82000
Working for a company in the power sector this has been a problem for years now. The thieves aren't brave, they are stupid, and often enough they do try and steal live cables, frequently with uncomfortable results. And for every single one that gets electrocuted, I think "serves you ****ing right!"
I dated a girl named "Jazz".. she was a Double D!
Back to the subject at hand
About 10 years back in Zimbabwe they replaced copper with fibre optic cables in the city of Harare to prevent cable thefts
Towards Christmas time, street sellers were flogging illuminated Christmas trees made from the fibre cables they had stolen!
What is needed are harsher sentences for cable thieves and those responsible for dealing in stolen cable..