POLICE in Chorley, Lancashire, are offering horse riders the chance to get their equestrian equipment security marked in a bid to protect it from thieves.
PCSO Maria Fetherstone will be attending local stables and horse shows in Croston, Bretherton, Ulnes Walton, Eccleston, Mawdesley, Charnock, Heskin and Coppull to mark tack equipment with SelectaDNA, a kit which marks property with a transferable liquid, linking an offender to the crime scene.
The scheme is being funded by the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC).
PCSO Fetherstone said: “Marking property with these kits acts as a great deterrent as it increases the chances of us catching an offender. It also allows us to identify stolen property, making it easier to return it to its owner in the event of theft.”
The tack theft initiative is part of Lancashire Constabulary's Operation Julius – a crackdown on burglary aimed at preventing crime, targeting criminals and detecting burglaries.
Officers are using a range of overt and covert tactics during the month long crackdown to tackle suspected offenders and disrupt their activity. Lancashire’s top 30 burglary suspects will be visited, officers will be executing warrants and high-visibility police patrols will be carried out in hotspot areas.
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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