POLICE in Essex are targeting ‘high risk’ streets in Basildon and Thurrock with SelectaDNA forensic marking in a new crackdown against burglaries.
The SelectaDNA property marking system has already been deployed in a large Home Office-backed residential scheme in Basildon and Thurrock last summer (May 2009). However, the scheme is now being re-launched to target identified crime hotspots and to cut the number of dwelling burglary incidents in those streets.
SelectaDNA is a liquid which contains a unique DNA code registered to a specific property. It can be easily applied to personal possessions including TVs, jewellery, bikes, iPods and other expensive goods. The product is almost invisible when applied and does not damage valuable property in any way.
The system allows anything which is stolen during a break-in and later recovered by police to be directly traced back to the property. It will also link a burglar directly to the crime scene, increasing the chances of a successful conviction at court.
Basildon and Thurrock Police are offering the DNA kits to residents in local streets at ‘high risk’ of burglary. Deterrent signs are being erected on the streets to warn off criminals, and residents are being given hi-visibility window stickers to indicate that their homes are protected by SelectaDNA.
Supt Ivor Harvey, of Basildon and Thurrock police, said: “This product is a proven way to reduce burglaries.”
He continued: “One burglary is one too many for us, so we are doing everything we can to prevent it. No burglar wants to be caught with DNA-coded property, so with this system and correct signage, property will be less attractive to potential thieves.”
Supt Harvey added: “It only takes a small amount of time (to mark household items), which would be less than the time you would waste sorting out the misery a burglar causes.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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