OFFICERS are daubing hi-tech SelectaDNA Grease around villages in the Amber Valley district of Derbyshire following a spate of lead thefts.
SelectaDNA grease is being used to mark materials that are at risk of theft such as metal flashing and copper piping in the former mining communities of Codnor and Waingroves.
The grease not only marks the metal but, if touched, it also stains the hands and clothes of the offender with a UV tracer and a unique DNA code. These marks can stay on a perpetrator’s skin and clothing for weeks, forensically linking him or her to the stolen metal.
The UV tracer in the substance means that it becomes visible under ultraviolet scanners, which all police stations in Derbyshire have.
PC Dave Morton from Codnor & Waingroves Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “There have been a number of lead thefts in the local area over recent weeks so the introduction of the grease is welcomed by local residents and aims to prevent future thefts of this nature.”
Codnor Parish Council is working with the police to identify hot spot areas.
Councillor Chris Emmas-Williams said: “Alongside the application of the grease we will be putting up a number of Selecta DNA signs to make sure that would-be thieves are aware that metal in this area is protected with a transferable, forensic substance and that they should stay away.
“We hope that this work will help to protect residents from the distress and inconvenience of a theft of this nature.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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