RESIDENTS in the Childs Hill and Golders Green wards of north-west London are clamping down on burglary by using SelectaDNA forensic marking to protect their valuables.
Fifty homes on one particular street which has suffered from a spate of burglaries, are being issued with SelectaDNA property marking kits. Burglars had been breaking into homes on the street to steal electrical items and jewellery in particular.
The crime reduction initiative is a Police Partnership scheme in conjunction with Barnet Borough Council. Victims of repeat burglary in Cricklewood and Golders Green are also set to receive a DNA kit.
SelectaDNA is a liquid form of synthetic DNA which is painted onto valuables so that if they are stolen, police can quickly trace the items back to the owner using a nationwide database.
The kits are being given out by local officers and PCSOs in door-to-door visits and residents will be shown how to apply the liquid to their valuables such as laptops, flatscreen TVs, iPods and jewellery.
Residents will also be encouraged to display the hi-visibility deterrent stickers that come with the kit on their windows and doors, warning burglars that valuables have been marked on the property. Street signage is also being erected to denote the area that is being marked.
Police Sergeant Bryan Wappat from Childs Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We have identified vulnerable areas within our ward that we feel would benefit from the added protection SelectaDNA can offer. We feel residents will welcome pro-active measures to prevent and deter burglary and have chosen SelectaDNA because of its high deterrent factor, proven crime reduction figures, and its ability to help identify stolen property quickly.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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