How to identify stolen or stained banknotes
To identify stolen or stained notes you should look for:
- Notes that look, feel or smell different.
- Staining - green, bluish purple or red around the edges of the notes or across one side as though they have been dipped in ink
- Burning or charring. This may be as the result of the heat used in smoke systems.
- Fading, the absence of the watermark or foil, or a change in the feel of the banknote. This may be result of efforts to remove the stain using various means.
- During a search - containers of chemicals, trays, gloves etc. that could be used in the cleaning or separating of banknotes. Staining on items – sink, bath, washing machine or stained clothing.
For more information on identification of stolen notes and relevant cash degradation manufacturers, members of the Police can log on to the Police-only area of the website.