Land Rover Owners Rev Up For Police Security Marking
A PRE-CHRISTMAS campaign to help owners of Land Rover Defenders to protect their off-road vehicles from theft has seen more than 90 marked with SelectaDNA.
Derbyshire Police offered the marking service to Defender owners over a three week period in November and December 2012. During this time officers were on hand at Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre to mark high-value parts of the vehicles with SelectaDNA.
SelectaDNA is a forensic marking fluid that contains microdots with a unique reference number on them. It can be painted onto items of value such as car parts and if a vehicle is stolen and later recovered, the microdots can be read under a microscope and matched on a database so the vehicle’s original owner can be found.
PCSO Jonathan Taylor from the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Although vehicle theft is rare across the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak, it is often Land Rover Defenders that are targeted when they do occur as Defenders retain their value and can be stripped and sold on for parts.”
He added: “The idea behind the security marking is to act as a deterrent to would-be thieves who know how substances like SelectaDNA work. It will also help reunite Land Rover owners with their vehicle or parts if they are stolen and recovered by police.”
Matthew Rudder, from New Mills, was one of the Defender owners who had his vehicle marked. He said: "I think it's a superb idea and a great way to add an extra level of security to the Land Rover. I heard about the initiative on the Derbyshire police website and leapt at the chance to have my Land Rover marked."
Sergeant Andy Wordsworth, who is in charge of the Bakewell team, said: “Defenders are not only very financially valuable but are often essential to the livelihoods of our area’s farming community, so it is important that we help them protect themselves from criminals.
“These kits are absolutely fantastic, letting us mark many different sections of the vehicle from doors to spare wheels and parts of the engine. We had a great response to this vehicle safety campaign.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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