MERSEYSIDE Police have been on the streets of Wirral to urge people to keep their homes safe in the run up to Christmas by using SelectaDNA forensic marking kits.
Police were supported by local councillors Pat Cleary, Jean Stapleton and Sharon O'Brien and Wirral home watch co-ordinator Jeff Judge.
Together, they visited homes in Birkenhead to offer reassurance messages and crime prevention advice. An advertising van drove around the neighbourhood with them displaying a poster with the strapline: ‘It’s got stolen written all over it’ to promote the use of SelectaDNA in the area.
Householders were given the property marking kits and advice on how to use them. Each DNA code is unique to each address, so that if thieves break in and take a TV or other electronic items that have been marked with SelectaDNA, it makes it very difficult for them to sell them on. If police find the stolen goods they can reunite them with their owners.
Neighbourhood Inspector Georgina Minnery said: “Christmas tends to be a very busy period for everyone but is also a time when people are out and about spending money and buying gifts.
“We would hate people to fall victim to opportunistic crime but everyone can do their little bit to make life hard for these criminals by getting into the habit of good home security.
"People can help us to beat the burglars by making sure doors, windows, garages and cars are locked properly whenever they leave the house unattended or go to bed.
“We would also encourage people to make use of the property marking kits," advised Inspector Minnery.
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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