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Copper detection kit for Scenes of Crime officers

Hybrivet Systems : 15 July, 2008  (New Product)
Hybrivet adds copper detection to its portfolio of metal detection kits available for forensic investigations and scenes of crime use
The need to detect the presence of copper on surfaces has inspired the development of an innovative and inexpensive tool for police investigators to include in their crime scene investigation (CSI) tool kits.

Introduced by Hybrivet Systems, the makers of LeadCheck Swabs, the nation's premier lead detection kit, the new CopperCheck will not only fill a void in forensics and law enforcement but could also find application in the printed circuit board and electronics industries as well. The new swabs were invented by Dr Marcia Stone, president and CEO of Hybrivet Systems, who sees CopperCheck as a natural extension of her family of metal detection products that include kits that detect lead, nickel, cadmium, mercury and other toxic metals.

"We think this could be a useful tool for crime scene investigators who want to check for evidence of copper-jacketed bullets," said Stone. "It should be a standard part of every CSI kit."

The CopperCheck Swabs operate with the same ease-of-use as Hybrivet's other popular products. The swab is squeezed to activate chemicals and when a drop of liquid appears at the tip, the swab is rubbed over a clean dry surface, if a pink/purple color appears, copper is present. The swabs are highly specific for copper and other metals do not interfere with test results. In laboratory tests CopperCheck Swabs successfully detected copper levels as low as one microgram.

A case of eight swabs sells for about $25, but can be purchased through September 30, 2008 during the introduction period at $19.95 at the LeadCheck website.

"We believe that biologists, chemists, electronics engineers, plumbers, home maintenance contractors and others will find this product useful," said Stone. "Until now there has been no easy and inexpensive way to test for copper and there are probably applications for CopperCheck that we haven't yet thought of."
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