POLICE in Ferryhill, County Durham, are using SelectaDNA Grease as part of a continuing campaign against metal thieves targeting residential properties.
In recent months there have been reports of burglars entering the rear yards or gardens of houses in the area to steal brass or copper taps, earthing wire and anything else with a metal content.
Police are now offering residents tubs of SelectaDNA Grease, a dark substance which is applied using a brush. If a thief handles marked goods, the grease instantly transfers onto their hands and clothing. It can then be scanned using UV detection equipment and traced back to the scene of the crime.
PCSO Laura Denathorn from Spennymoor Police Station said: "As most people are aware, metal theft has become a huge problem in the last few years.
“We have had a number of very successful operations which have helped cut the number of thefts, but there are still too many instances of thieves going into people's yards and gardens and literally helping themselves to anything which is not nailed down.”
She continued: “The DNA grease is a relatively inexpensive way of marking property and is especially suited for use outdoors. We have also issued residents with stickers and notices highlighting the fact it has been used, and these also act as a strong deterrent to thieves."
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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