A NEW home-security initiative has been launched in Oldham, Manchester, to help residents keep their property safe.
PCSOs are delivering SelectaDNA kits to households in hotspot areas and helping residents to security mark their property.
The first areas to receive the kits were Alexandra, Coldhurst, Waterhead and St Mary’s in Oldham West and Derker, Greenacres and Glodwick in Oldham West after suffering from a number of burglaries.
Residents who have been issued with the kits will be given high-visibility window stickers to indicate that SelectaDNA is protecting their homes. Street signs will be put up to warn offenders that they are entering a protected zone.
Inspector Alan Humphries for Oldham West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Burglary has been a real concern for us in the area and we hope that by delivering the SelectaDNA kits and encouraging residents to mark their property we can deter burglars and help residents to feel more secure in their homes.
“We are doing all we can to put a stop to burglary and this is a proven way of successfully driving down this kind of crime. Not only do we want to catch offenders, who are breaking in to homes, more importantly we want to stop them from trying.
“It is also worth reminding people that one in three burglaries happen when doors and windows are left open or unlocked, even when you’re at home. So to reduce the chances of being burgled, residents should keep all vulnerable doors and windows locked.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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