NEW screening equipment in police custody suites across Buckinghamshire and Berkshire is helping Thames Valley Police catch burglars by showing up the tell-tale glow of SelectaDNA on marked stolen items and on the criminals themselves.
SelectaDNA is the most advanced forensic crime reduction system on the market, a system which irrefutably links criminals to crime scenes and provides an unbreakable chain of evidence in a court of law.
Items such as TVs, computers, SatNavs, MP3 players, bicycles and antiques can be instantly secured by applying the SelectaDNA solution, which is invisible to the naked eye, but contains a unique DNA code which glows under UV light.
Police scan criminals routinely for DNA forensic traces on entry into custody suites and every trace of SelectaDNA links criminals to the crimes they commit, making it one of the most effective deterrents available today.
The new DNA screening equipment forms part of a major burglary reduction initiative involving over 200 properties in South Buckinghamshire.
Roads in Burnham, Denham, Iver and Beaconsfield have been identified by Police as crime ‘hotspots’ and the scheme, which is being funded by Bucks District Council and Thames Valley Police, is aiming to reduce burglaries in the District.
Tamper resistant stickers are supplied with each SelectaDNA kit to warn criminals away from any marked items. Statistics show that by marking belongings and displaying deterrent stickers the chance of being burgled can be reduced by up to 85%. SelectaDNA signs are being erected at strategic points on the identified roads.
Chief Inspector Paul Cook, LPA Commander for South Bucks said: “Our warning signs, posters and labels, telling criminals to ‘stay away’, are hugely effective because of the DNA fear factor. Our DNA evidence frightens criminals and provides the evidential chain police officers require to be more effective in their jobs.”
South Bucks District Councillor Shorne Tilbey, Portfolio Holder for Community, said: “Thieves know that DNA is helping police convict criminals on a daily basis and that’s why they stay well away from houses and belongings which are DNA-protected.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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