RESIDENTS in the village of Llwynhendy in Carmarthenshire are being given the chance to protect their property from burglary using SelectaDNA, one of the latest tools in crime prevention.
SelectaDNA marking kits are being offered to householders in Llandafen Road, Llwynhendy Road and Pemberton Road as part of a scheme funded by the local Community Safety Partnership (CSP).
The funding was made available by the Home Office to make local residents, particularly older people, feel safer.
It is being delivered by the Llwynhendy Neighbourhood Policing Team and Llwynhendy Communities First. Officers have carried out a leaflet drop in the area encouraging people to sign up to the scheme.
The SelectaDNA marking kits work by applying a clear fluid to items of value, such as laptops, computer equipment, TVs, DVD players, iPods and mobile phones.
Not only is the DNA almost impossible to remove, but each kit has a unique code (similar to human DNA) that cannot be duplicated in any way shape or form. This means if the property is stolen and recovered by police it can easily be traced back to its owner – and irrefutably link the criminal to the burglary or break-in.
Householders taking part in the scheme will be given stickers to place in their windows warning thieves that their homes are protected by SelectaDNA. Signs are also being erected in the streets. The scheme is aiming to deter burglars and make residents feel safer thereby reducing the fear of crime within the community.
Inspector Tony Ward, who is on the CSP’s Burglary Action Group, said: “Tackling burglary remains a priority for the partnership. Although the number of burglaries in Carmarthenshire is relatively low, this type of crime can have a severe effect on the victim in both emotional and financial terms.
“We are making big strides in the fight against crime and SelectaDNA is a high-tech forensic solution that will act as a deterrent to thieves and help reduce the fear of crime.”
The CSP, which includes the council and the Police as well as a number of other agencies, is committed to reducing burglaries across Carmarthenshire and the new SelectaDNA scheme is just one of a number of projects under the ‘Think Safe, Home Safe’ campaign.
Community safety manager Kate Thomas added: “We are determined to improve the quality of life for everyone in Carmarthenshire and make it a safer place to live, work and visit.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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