Independent retailers in Nelson, Lancashire, are to benefit from a new crime reduction initiative being launched by Pendle Community Safety Partnership and using forensic property marking kits to protect local businesses against burglary.
The Partnership, in conjunction with Pendle Council and Lancashire Constabulary, is visiting retailers in the town centre including a butchers, a fish and chip shop, cafes, newsagents, and off licences to offer them SelectaDNA property marking kits. Some of the retailers have already been targeted by thieves who have broken in at the rear of the premises to steal valuable stock and metal items.
SelectaDNA can link criminals to burglaries and break-ins. The product consists of an adhesive solution containing a unique DNA code, a UV tracer and a series of microdots which can be easily applied to electronic goods, jewellery and other valuable items of stock.
If any marked items are stolen from shops in Nelson town centre and recovered by police they can be traced back to the individual retailer via the DNA code. The DNA marking has the added benefit of placing the burglar at the crime scene, which can lead to arrest and conviction.
Apart from offering the SelectaDNA kits, Pendle Council have also erected deterrent signage on the streets to warn potential criminals of the new scheme and they will be using window stickers for the same purpose in participating shops.
Geoff Whitehead, Community Proctection Lead for Pendle Council said: “We want local residents to have a pleasant shopping experience when they visit Nelson town centre. We're confident this new scheme will help protect local businesses. The DNA marking will deter crime in the first instance, help police catch the criminals and means stolen property can be traced back to the owner."
Inspector Paul Goodall from Lancashire Constabulary said: “The use of forensic marking to protect stock and identify where it's stolen from would be helpful to all retailers. It should help make Nelson a safer place for both shop owners and their customers.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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