SURREY Police are about to launch a number of projects specifically designed to target residential burglary using innovative property marking solution SelectaDNA.
In the first of the projects, 600 homeowners in three locations - Guildford, Elmbridge and Epsom & Ewell, will be given the opportunity to use a SelectaDNA property marking kit.
As part of the initial schemes, local Safer Neighbourhood Team Officers will be knocking on doors in the identified ‘hotspot’ areas to distribute the SelectaDNA kits and assist residents to use them, with the aim of reducing the number of residential burglaries in those streets.
SelectaDNA is a uniquely coded non-toxic liquid which can be easily painted on to items of value such as laptops, TVs, games consoles and jewellery. The liquid is clear but shows up under UV light. If a marked item is stolen and recovered by police it can be traced back to the owner via the DNA code.
The kits also contain high-visibility warning labels and window stickers. Marked properties will be registered onto a secure national database.
In addition to property marking, the Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be offering general crime reduction advice, providing homeowners with the new Surrey Police Crime Reduction Packs and encouraging homeowners to join or establish a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
Jamie Robinson, the Force Crime Reduction Advisor, said: "These projects are most effective when local people are kept well-informed and have been encouraged to do something about crime in their area. That is why the teams will be knocking on doors and carefully explaining how DNA property marking works and helping residents fill out their registration card.”
He continued: "SelectaDNA’s main strength is its deterrent value. The fear factor comes into play as burglars are aware that DNA property marking is helping police convict criminals. It has been proven that they are staying away from homes and belongings which are DNA protected."
Many anti-burglary schemes across the UK have already been launched using SelectaDNA and it has been proven that by marking belongings and displaying warning stickers, burglary can be reduced by up to 85 per cent.
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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