OFFICERS from the Safer Neighbourhood team at Derbyshire Constabulary have been visiting 250 homes in the Wirksworth area as part of a new scheme to offer advice to local people to reduce the risk of having their homes broken into.
Crime Reduction Officer PC John Riley along with PCSOs Sue Lester and Josh Brooking have been talking to residents about home security, offering them SelectaDNA forensic marking kits to protect their belongings, and completing checklists to find out if they need any additional support.
PC Riley, who is running the scheme, said: "We're completing these checks to help prevent crime and deter thieves. As a result of these visits we will also be able to identify vulnerable members of the community who may need the additional support of other agencies in the area.”
According to Home Office figures, the Derbyshire Dales is considered one of the safest places to live in England, with a traditionally low crime rate. However, the Wirksworth area has suffered recently from a spate of domestic dwelling burglaries and shed break-ins.
As part of the scheme, officers are giving Wirksworth residents the chance to mark property using SelectaDNA kits, funded by the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership.
SelectaDNA is a new forensic marking system which can protect personal items of value such as laptops, flatscreen TVs, mobile phones and iPods. Each kit contains a bottle of the SelectaDNA formula, which consists of an ultraviolet tracer and a unique DNA code.
The clear liquid can be applied by residents to any household items to identify them as belonging to their property. If an item is stolen and later recovered by police, it can be scanned using a UV light and traced back to the rightful owner via the DNA marking.
The campaign is a joint trial initiative between the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership and the Safer Neighbourhood team. If successful, it could be rolled out to other parts of the Derbyshire Dales and also the High Peak.
Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, the Chair of the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, said: "This initiative is another good example of Partnership working within the Dales and will help it to remain one of the safest places to live, work and visit.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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