Serial Number Restoration
Items such as firearms, electronic equipment, farm equipment, industrial machinery, trucks, motorcycles and other motor vehicles will have identifying serial numbers or markings stamped on the metal surfaces. Even though federal and state laws make it a violation to alter or remove identifying data from some of these items, numerous cases involving this type of evidence are still encountered. Criminal activity involving theft or illegal use of these items may cause an offender to remove identifying data so that ownership cannot be traced. When numbers have been over-stamped or obliterated by grinding, sanding or other methods, the numbers may no longer be identifiable. Through use of chemical and physical restoration techniques, the numbers can sometimes be made readable again.