MAINTENANCE equipment belonging to Wrexham Council and used to keep the gardens of local cemeteries and crematoriums tidy has been marked with a new forensic trace product to prevent and deter theft.
Strimmers, ride-on mowers, hedge cutters and leaf blowers have been marked with SelectaDNA Trace following an incident where more than £16,000 worth of equipment was stolen.
Wrexham Cemetery is a 7-hectare Victorian burial site containing Grade II listed buildings including the chapel and cemetery lodge and is one of the locations where the Trace system has been deployed.
SelectaDNA Trace is ideal for outdoor metal marking projects. The solution, which comes in an easy-to-use aerosol contains two identifiers: Trace nanoparticles which authenticates the mark as a genuine SelectaDNA product, and metal microdots which identifies who the registered owner is. The code on the metal microdots is linked to a secure database which is accessible to Police at all times via a secure online login.
The main benefit of Trace over standard forensic property marking products is that it allows Police to identify stolen property on the spot, which means they are no longer reliant on lengthy analysis times. This has subsequently led to arrests and convictions, with thieves admitting their crime because the on the spot evidence is so strong.
Christopher Baker, Cemeteries and Crematorium Registrar for Wrexham Council, said: “We are using SelectaDNA Trace to deter theft of expensive maintenance equipment from our cemeteries and crematoriums.
“This is an ongoing project and any new equipment will be marked before it is used. We are also taking photos of each piece of equipment as an added insurance.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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