RESIDENTS of Rock Ferry on the Wirral Peninsula have been taking advantage of a scheme using SelectaDNA to keep their personal belongings safer.
Funded by social landlord Riverside, the scheme also involves housing developer Lovell, Merseyside Police and Wirral Community Council safety team, who are all working together to help reduce crime and the fear of crime in the Rock Ferry area.
Around 85 families brought bicycles and scooters to Lovell’s sales office to be marked up with the product, which identifies belongings by a unique DNA code to help the police catch criminals.
Following a demonstration, residents also took away kits to mark up to 50 items of value in their homes or gardens such as TVs, laptops, jewellery, games consoles, garden tools and mobile phones.
Carol Furlani, Riverside’s housing officer, said: “We had a really good turn-out of people keen to mark their valuables with the SelectaDNA security system.
“The police were also on hand to offer safety advice. This type of partnership work helps not only to reduce crime in our neighbourhoods, but also the fear of crime, which can be very distressing, especially for those who live alone.”
Mike Turner, area manager at Lovell, said: “The safety of residents and the local community is of paramount importance to us, and we were keen to help out with the idea of crime prevention when approached by Riverside.
“Events such as this bring together residents and staff, and help to improve community spirit within the area.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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