BURGLARS can now be easily linked to the scene of their crimes with the help of SelectaDNA technology being launched by Police in north Manchester.
The scheme is covering 700 homes and a primary school in New Moston with the key objectives of reducing burglary, increasing public confidence in local police and bringing the community together.
SelectaDNA is a property marking system that has a unique DNA code registered to each home. The system allows anything that is stolen during a break-in and later recovered to be traced back to its owner. It will also link a burglar back to the same crime scene, increasing the chances of a successful conviction in court.
PCSOs Robert Smith and Anthony Novotny from The Moston and Harpurhey Neighbourhood Policing Team have been out delivering the DNA kits to the streets identified for the project. They have also been helping residents apply SelectaDNA to valuables such as TVs, laptops and other electronic equipment.
Deterrent signs and a large billboard advertising the scheme are on display in the area to warn off criminals, and residents are being given high-visibility window stickers to indicate that SelectaDNA is protecting their homes.
Neighbourhood Inspector Gareth Parkin said: “We are doing all we can to put a stop to burglary and this is a proven way of successfully driving down this kind of crime. Not only do we want to catch offenders, who are breaking into homes, more importantly we want to stop them from trying.”
Inspector Parkin continued: “Burglary can cause so much pain and heartache in people’s lives and we need the help of residents to make this work. We will be offering all the help and advice we can to ensure that people’s valuables are marked in order to make them less attractive to thieves.”
One local resident who has embraced the scheme wholeheartedly is Norma Bowerbank, a Home Watch co-ordinator who has already used SelectaDNA to mark her valuables.
Mrs Bowerbank said: “We really needed to do something to give local residents peace of mind so I am pleased that the SelectaDNA scheme is being implemented here.
“It is also nice to get a chance to meet the local officers and have a chat with them. It helps the community come together if they feel like they are all doing something to improve the area they live in.”
Reducing crime and encouraging community spirit is also high on the agenda for Councillor Paul Murphy, from Manchester Council.
Councillor Murphy, who is the chair of Greater Manchester Police Authority, said: “This scheme is partnership working at its best. Greater Manchester Police, Manchester City Council, Selectamark and the local community all working together with the aim of crime reduction.”
Selectamark sales director, James Brown added: “The SelectaDNA project in the Moston and Harpurhey area will be one of the most challenging and exciting we have been involved with. As has been the case in other areas across the UK, we hope that by protecting homes with SelectaDNA, there will be a significant reduction in crime and as a result an improvement in the quality of life of residents.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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