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Forensic Crime Reduction Initiative Launches In Jamaica

Forensic Crime Reduction Initiative Launches In Jamaica

:: SelectaDNA has reduced burglary in UK crime hotspots by up to 85%

:: $1 million worth of equipment donated to Jamaica Constabulary Force

A POLICE-backed crime reduction initiative has been launched in Jamaica using a British DNA property marking product that has helped reduce theft and burglary by up to 85% in UK crime hotspots.

Kent-based security company Selectamark Security Systems has been working with Shields Crime & Security to establish its SelectaDNA range of products for use on the island by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The Commissioner, Owen Ellington, of the JCF has welcomed SelectaDNA and will utilise it as part of a strategy to reduce crime including burglary and theft and increase the opportunity to identify and convict offenders. The system was formally launched on Tuesday, 22nd January 2013 at the Commissioner’s Office in Kingston.

SelectaDNA consists of a range of solutions containing a unique synthetic DNA code which can be used to individually mark and trace items of property as well as identify those responsible for crime.

The Honourable Minister of National Security Peter Bunting attended the launch along with other members of the Jamaican government, senior individuals from the private and public sectors and security experts.

During the launch, the Commissioner of Police accepted a donation of one million dollars worth of operational equipment in the form of SelectaDNA Detection Kits, which were handed over to the JCF by Andy Thorburn, CEO Digicel Jamaica.

This equipment consists of ultra violet handheld flash lights and microscopes. It will be deployed across the island to be used by officers patrolling the streets, giving them the ability to identify property that has been marked with SelectaDNA.

Mark Shields Managing Director of Shields Crime & Security said: “SelectaDNA will deter criminals from stealing and in the event property is stolen, allow the JCF to identify the owner of the property.”

Shields added that the introduction of SelectaDNA to Jamaica “will create an innovative crime prevention strategy that if you steal, the chances of being caught will have significantly increased.”

Andrew Knights, Managing Director of Selectamark, who was present at the launch today, said: “The idea behind SelectaDNA is to deter would-be thieves who know how substances like DNA work. In the UK we know this as ‘the DNA Fear Factor.

“The uniquely-coded SelectaDNA solution leaves a synthetic DNA trace that will enable the relevant authorities to confirm a person’s involvement at a crime scene and could ultimately lead to arrest and prosecution.”

He added: “I am delighted that Digicel have sponsored the detection kits for use by the JCF to allow them to roll out the SelectaDNA crime reduction initiative across Jamaica.”

For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.

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