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Matlock Residents Tackle Burglary Head On

Matlock Residents Tackle Burglary Head On

A CRIME prevention blitz on a Derbyshire estate is giving residents the chance to keep their property safe with SelectaDNA technology.

A team including police officers, fire service personnel and representatives from Derbyshire Dales District Council, have been knocking on doors at Hurst Farm Estate in Matlock helping residents to use SelectaDNA property marking kits.

SelectaDNA is a uniquely coded non-toxic liquid which can be easily painted on to items of value such as laptops, TVs, games consoles and jewellery. The liquid is clear but shows up under a UV lamp. If a marked item is stolen and recovered by police it can be traced back to the owner via the DNA code.

The kits also contain high-visibility warning labels and window stickers and marked properties will be registered onto a secure national database.

In addition to home security, the Hurst Farm team will be advising on fire safety, health and housing issues.
Chief Superintendent Pete Lewis, the police's divisional commander for the Derbyshire Dales, said: "The key to the effectiveness of this project is engaging with local people. That is why the team will be knocking on doors and carefully explaining how DNA property marking works and making out the necessary registrations."

The marking system has been shown to reduce theft and burglaries by up to 85% and signs promoting the initiative will be put up on routes leading in and out of Hurst Farm to deter thieves.

Council leader Lewis Rose said: "It is well reported that our area is one of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime statistics.

"A big contributory factor is that the council, local police and our other partners are continually looking at innovative ways of ensuring local people stay safe. This project is an example of partnership working at its best.”

Nick Reason, Partnership Sgt based at Derbyshire Dales District Council, said: "The Hurst Farm project builds on the Operation Hever initiative in Baslow (launched in November 2009), which was extremely successful with more than 400 SelectaDNA kits given to properties."

For further press information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark. Mobile: 07905 623 819. Email: [email protected]

For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.

Mobile: +44(0)7905 623819
Twitter: @selectadna

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