NEIGHBOURING residents in the market town of Watton in Norfolk are working with the police to take a united stand against thieves.
Home Watch representatives have received a household security boost in the form of innovative forensic marking product SelectaDNA.
The unique DNA liquid is applied to valuable household items such as laptops and jewellery, making property virtually worthless to thieves. In the event of a theft, police officers can positively identify any marked property as well as offenders.
A number of Home Watch schemes in the Watton area have been given this crime prevention tool.
Home Watch, known in some areas as Neighbourhood Watch, is one of the best examples of how the police and community can work together to prevent crime.
It involves a group of residents getting together to make their neighbourhoods a better and safer place to live. Home Watch is the largest voluntary organisation with 10 million schemes nationally covering an estimated 100,000 households.
Watton Home Watch representative PCSO Joe Jermy said: “SelectaDNA kits have been offered to residents who are part of a Home Watch scheme in the Watton vicinity. We hope that this initiative will offer some reassurance to local people."
James Brown, Sales Director for Selectamark, which produces the SelectaDNA product, said: "We are very happy to support this new scheme in Watton and are confident that it will be successful in its aim.
"In other residential crime reduction initiatives across the UK, SelectaDNA has proved to be an effective deterrent to theft, reducing burglary by as much as 85% in some areas."
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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