Tony Benson is a well-known crime fighter and he was instrumental in implementing Applied’s SigNature DNA cash-marking in the UK for Loomis. In 2010 alone, Benson’s work resulted in 22 convictions of cash thieves in the U.K. One robbery in particular involved the shooting of a Loomis guard (in the UK, guards cannot be armed, so they are very vulnerable).
Mr. Benson has joined Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. as a Director of Risk and Security for the company. Most recently at Loomis UK, Benson has consistently brought fresh ideas, rigorous strategic thinking and leadership to the UK environment which experiences approximately 77% of all the Cash and Valuables in Transit (CViT) robberies worldwide.
APDN sells patented DNA security solutions to protect products, brands and intellectual property from counterfeiting and diversion. SigNature DNA is a botanical mark used to authenticate products in a unique manner that essentially cannot be copied, and provides a forensic chain of evidence that can be used to prosecute perpetrators.
In 1990, Benson was instrumental in the deployment of biometric access control systems and groundbreaking computer software on armored trucks, which was a great success and is still used today in many armored CViT vehicles. His career has included:
• Securitas in 2001, which at that time was the largest security company in the world. When the cash-handling arm of Securitas became a separate company known as Loomis UK Ltd, Benson was designated Risk Director.
• From 2004 to 2010, Benson represented the UK British Standards Institute on the development of standards for cash degradation systems, such as cash strongboxes.
• In 2006, he was appointed Chair of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) for the Security Committee.
Benson has researched and deployed an array of technologies including APDN’s SigNature DNA cash-marking system, and he has led the industry in a revamp of major risk points. The counter-assault by 2010 resulted in a massive reduction of 30% in those crimes while losses also dropped by over 30%.
DNA in CViT, Risk Management and Security
Applied DNA has a range of products and solutions that significantly reduce the risk to this cash supply for all stakeholders including insurance companies. Deterrence and the ability to create a forensic evidence trail through the use of SigNature® DNA, DNANetTM, Smart DNATM, and CashieldTM Ink represent ground breaking technology and new tools for this industry to fight crime.
APDN now has a proven track record within the CViT industry. With over 22 convictions to its credit, APDN has a 100% conviction record for captured criminals who have stolen cash from its security licensees within the UK. The deterrence provided by APDN yielded a significant drop in attacks and eliminated cash losses more than one hundred times the cost of annual licensing. In addition, APDN has received several Police awards from UK Police Forces that are currently using these products on a daily basis to protect and serve their communities.
More information on Applied DNA Sciences, its technologies and business strategies can be found at www.adnas.com