SIXTY riverside flats in Sunderland city centre have been protectively marked with SelectaDNA following a spate of burglaries from the new-build estate.
The privately-owned River View Apartments, popular with young professionals, are situated on Sunderland’s Quayside, Tyne and Wear. The flats had been targeted by thieves who were able to access the communal blocks and kick-in flat doors to steal laptops, flatscreen TVs and digital cameras.
Following a review by Northumbria Police, the flats have now been target-hardened with a series of security measures including reinforced doors, stronger locks and windows, and a more secure entry system. SelectaDNA property marking has also been introduced to protect any household items of value.
SelectaDNA is a new forensic solution which contains a unique DNA code registered to a specific property. It can be easily applied to personal possessions including TVs, games consoles, jewellery, bikes, and other expensive goods. It is almost invisible when applied and does not damage valuable property in any way.
The system allows anything which is stolen during a break-in and later recovered by police to be directly traced back to the owner. It will also link a burglar directly to the crime scene, increasing the chances of a successful conviction at court.
Mick Hall, Neighbourhood Beat Sergeant for Sunderland City Centre, said: “Many of the residents at River View are out working during the day and they have welcomed the additional security measures we have put in place. Using SelectaDNA has also given them peace of mind that they are able to do something simple to protect their own personal property.”
He continued: “Our officers have been going round to each flat and helping residents to mark the main electrical items in their household with SelectaDNA.
“We are also helping them to fill out the simple registration form so that their details are stored on the secure database, allowing items to be easily traced back to them if they are recovered by police.”
Deterrent street signage and posters are being erected in prominent positions around River View, warning potential burglars that SelectaDNA is in use.
The crime prevention measures at River View are being funded by a local multi-agency partnership that includes Sunderland Council and Northumbria Police.
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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