BURGLARS who target homes and business premises in the Broadland District of Norfolk will be thinking twice about the risks involved, as the properties are now armed with a new forensic application that will instantly link them with the crime scene.
SelectaDNA, a state-of-the-art property marking product, is being applied to items of value in homes and businesses previously targeted by thieves, as police and Broadland District Council join forces in a major crime reduction initiative. Funded by the council, the new scheme will warn off criminals, target harden properties and reduce the fear of crime.
PC Mick Pearce, who has been working on the project, said: “Thieves have previously targeted properties across the district which we want to put a stop to and SelectaDNA will help to achieve this.”
Police are visiting all victims of burglary, residential and commercial properties targeted by thieves in the past year, to offer SelectaDNA to improve their security measures.
SelectaDNA is a clear liquid infused with a UV tracer that can be easily applied to high value items. It contains a unique DNA strand linked to the registered owner of the property. If any stolen property is found, police will be able to trace it back to the rightful owner using the DNA technology.
Similarly if any DNA particles are found on an offender, the criminal is foiled as the police will be able to quickly link them to the crime scene.
PC Mick Pearce added: “Thieves should be warned of products like SelectaDNA as once the solution is on you, you cannot wipe it off and we will be able to link you to the crime, make arrests and prosecute.”
All safer neighbourhood teams, response cars and police stations in Broadland have been equipped with ultra-violet lights to enable them to check for the solution as a matter of course.
Kirsten Cooper, Broadland Council Community Safety Partnership Co-ordinator said: "Broadland has the lowest crime rates in East Anglia and Broadland Community Safety Partnership are committed to reducing crime and disorder in Broadland even further. "Our aim is for Broadland residents to feel safe and this product has been funded to increase the safety of victims and vulnerable premises. This type of technology has been proven to be the biggest deterrent to offenders as it is proves the link between the offender and the crime."
Sergeant Jeff Gover, from Hellesdon's safer neighbourhood team, said that the scheme will definitely make criminals think twice about visiting houses that have been armed with SelectaDNA.
He said: “As a burglar, you want to be in and out really quickly. You don't want to be checking whether a property is marked or not.”
The system is already used in parts of King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth.
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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