Police in Cumbria have distributed Selecta DNA forensic marking kits to residents in Workington as part of a community safety initiative.
Sergeant Joe Stamper said: “The property marking kits contain a forensic solution which consists of a synthetic DNA code which can be used to individually mark and trace items of property as well as identify those responsible for crime.”
James Brown, Managing Director of security company Selectamark which produces the SelectaDNA product, said: “When police recover stolen property, the unique SelectaDNA markings can help them to return the items to the rightful owner and also help police achieve better success rates in convictions against burglars.
"Not only do we want to help Cumbria Police catch offenders but more importantly we want to stop criminals from trying to commit crime in the first place. We know that the DNA fear-factor among criminals is high and marked property is much more difficult for criminals to sell-on. The use of SelectaDNA is a proven way of successfully driving down burglary and a highly effective deterrent to crime."
PCSO Rachel Pape said: “Local residents have been keen to take up the kits. Signs have been put up in the streets to warn thieves that the product is being used and this should help to deter further offences.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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