FARMERS from Pembrokeshire are joining the fight against crime by marking agricultural machinery and farmyard equipment with SelectaDNA.
Following a spate of tractor and tool thefts in the area which disrupted production schedules on some farms, the crime prevention initiative was introduced by Haverfordwest Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team as part of their Farm Watch scheme.
The campaign is being funded by the Safer Pembrokeshire Community Safety Partnership.
SelectaDNA is a new forensic property marking product that can link property and offenders to the crime scheme by a unique DNA coding system.
The SelectaDNA formula consists of an ultraviolet tracer and an individual DNA code. The clear liquid can be applied to any items of value including mini-diggers, potato planters, trailers, ride-on mowers, hedge trimmers and fertiliser spreaders, to identify them as belonging to a particular farm. 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.
PCSO Laura Galdo from Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Forensic property marking has proved a great deterrent in other areas across Pembrokeshire where it has previously been used and we hope it has the same affect amongst our Farm Watch members.
“However, we are still encouraging all farmers to take simple crime prevention measures to avoid opportunistic theft, such as not leaving machinery and items of value insecure or unattended in easily accessible places.
“We are also encouraging all farmers to be vigilant about suspicious people seen on or around their land and advise them to take as much detail as possible including vehicle registration plates and report the incidents to your local police station.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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