CENTRAL heating boilers and copper cylinders belonging to council property in Dudley are being marked with SelectaDNA to protect them from being stolen.
Dudley Council’s Housing Services division has introduced a new scheme to deter potential thieves and has purchased SelectaDNA forensic marking kits to mark housing stock in council-owned homes across the borough.
Power tools and plant equipment used by council operatives are also being marked to deter theft.
The SelectaDNA kits contain a forensic marking liquid with a unique DNA identity which is registered to Dudley Council on a secure national database and which can be accessed by the police at any time. If any council property is stolen, it can be easily identified by the police, returned to its rightful owner and the chances of a prosecution are greatly increased.
Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, Cabinet Member for Housing, Libraries and Adult Learning, said: “We do not tolerate crime in Dudley Borough and introducing this technology sends a clear message to potential criminals that we will identify them. Where forensic marking has been used in other areas, there has been a significant reduction in the level of crime.”
The forensic marking kits have been used successfully in other areas of Dudley, to both deter and subsequently identify thieves.
Detective Sergeant Mark Ruston from Brierley Hill Police, said: "West Midlands Police are committed to working together to reduce crime and we are using special UV torches to scan all property during searches of suspect's homes and scrap yards. If anyone is found in possession of property that is marked with this unique forensic marking fluid we will do everything we can to bring them to justice."
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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