A NEW crime reduction initiative using SelectaDNA forensic marking has been launched in the market town of Darlington, north-east England, to reduce burglary and theft from schools, nurseries and children’s centres, as well as metal theft of street furniture and market stalls.
Funded by Darlington Borough Council, a number of council establishments have received the new crime prevention kit from security company Selectamark, which produces the SelectaDNA product.
The kit contains a DNA property marking solution, property labels, tamper proof stickers, window deterrent labels, and exterior warning signs which can be erected on the building perimeter to deter burglars.
The relevant services have been advised by the council to mark all types of valuable assets including computers, laptops, iPads, printers, scanners, TVs and whiteboards.
SelectaDNA comes in a pot of adhesive solution which can be easily applied to any valuable items of property. It is virtually impossible to remove every trace of SelectaDNA and each trace links criminals to the crimes they commit.
Darlington’s 20,000 gully covers and market stall equipment, including the stalls themselves and the metal weights that hold down the stalls, are also being protected from theft by being marked with another forensic marking product, SelectaDNA Trace.
Trace is ideal for outdoor metal marking projects. The solution contains two identifiers: Trace nanoparticles which authenticates the mark as a genuine SelectaDNA product, and metal microdots which identifies who the registered owner is. The code on the metal microdots is linked to a secure database which is accessible to Police at all times via a secure online login.
The main benefit of Trace over standard forensic property marking products is that it allows Police to identify stolen property on the spot, which means they are no longer reliant on lengthy analysis times. This has subsequently led to arrests and convictions, with thieves admitting their crime because the on the spot evidence is so strong.
Jeff Stephenson, Risk and Insurance Officer at Darlington Borough Council said: “We are determined to reduce burglary and metal theft across Darlington and we are confident that the use of SelectaDNA products to mark valuable equipment in our children’s services establishments and libraries, as well as marking street furniture and market equipment in the town centre will help us achieve this.”
Councillor Bill Dixon, Leader of Darlington Borough Council, said:“Theft can cost any organisation, including councils, thousands of pounds a year. In times of budget pressures, this is money we cannot afford to lose.
“Any measure that tackles theft effectively and that leads to the successful prosecution of thieves is to be welcomed.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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