HOUSEHOLDERS in The Fens district of eastern England are being reminded to lock their homes more securely and mark personal possessions with SelectaDNA, as part of a police campaign targeting a sudden increase in burglaries.
A significant number of recent offences have been ‘walk-in’ burglaries, carried out by thieves who have simply walked into unlocked homes.
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Supt Nick Davison said: “The recent increase in burglaries across the district is unusual and we’re asking everyone to do what they can to stop thieves from operating.”
Victims and other vulnerable households are being offered SelectaDNA forensic property marking kits to help counter the increase. If a marked item is stolen and later recovered by police, it can be scanned and traced back to the rightful owner via the DNA marking.
Supt Davison said: “We have invested in SelectaDNA security marking technology which will be offered to burglary victims and other vulnerable households, making their property virtually worthless to thieves.
“At the same time, my officers will be out in the community to promote crime prevention awareness, target and catch suspected thieves and those buying off them.”
An elderly couple whose home was recently targeted by thieves lost thousands of pounds worth of family heirlooms while they were away on a short break. Their home had been left secure.
King’s Lynn Inspector Mark Cant, who is leading the campaign, said: “The impact of burglary on its victims cannot be underestimated and we do not want people to suffer this unnecessarily.”
He added: “Many of the burglaries we investigate could have been prevented with simple security measures and this is what we will be working to promote over the coming weeks.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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