A housing association is forensically marking its properties as it tackles metal theft on an estate in Oldham, Manchester.
The Regenda Group, which has around 13,000 properties across the North West, is using SelectaDNA as a deterrent to metal thieves and to provide police with evidence of theft.
Chris Dale, Head of Property Services at Regenda said: “Over the past year, 10 of our empty properties in Oldham have been targeted by thieves. It is potentially very dangerous, especially where pipes or cabling are taken if gas, water and electricity supplies are left live. “There isn’t just the risk to our residents to consider – we’ve estimated that it has cost us over £40,000 to replace stolen boilers, rectify water damage from pipes left leaking and to provide secure systems to prevent further thefts.
It is also having a detrimental effect on the estate as empty properties now have to be boarded up, damaging the reputation of the neighbourhood.”Posters and stickers are being displayed around the Oldham estate to raise awareness of the new SelectaDNA scheme among residents and to deter potential metal thieves from operating in the area.
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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