FOLLOWING on from the success of SelectaDNA property marking schemes in other parts of the county, Surrey Police have now introduced the product to 500 homes in Banstead to target residential burglary.
The Reigate and Banstead Safer Neighbourhood team has been delivering the kits to homeowners in the area to help them protect their valuables and make potential burglars think twice before entering their property. The kits have been funded by the local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership.
SelectaDNA has already been successfully used in a Surrey Police scheme involving 200 residents living in targeted roads in Epsom and Ewell. With the added deterrent of the stickers displayed in their windows and warning street signs that SelectaDNA is being deployed, ZERO burglaries have been reported in these targeted areas.
SelectaDNA is a uniquely coded non-toxic liquid which can be easily painted onto items of value such as laptops, TVs, games consoles and jewellery. The liquid is clear and not visible to the naked eye, but shows up under UV light. If a marked item is stolen and recovered by police it can be traced back to the owner via the specific DNA code.
The kits also contain high-visibility warning labels and window stickers to advise that property at the address has been security marked. Marked property will be registered onto a secure national database allowing it to be traced back to the owner wherever it is recovered.
Banstead Neighbourhood Safety Officer, PC Sue Roe, said: "We want to ensure the community is safe and feels safe and this is a brilliant way for homeowners to work with us in tackling crime.
“We are working hard to further reduce the burglary rate and SelectaDNA helps us as it is a big deterrent. It creates a fear factor as burglars know DNA property marking makes it easier for us to convict criminals.”
PC Roe continued: “Burglars are more likely to stay away from homes and belongings which are DNA protected, and by displaying a simple sticker in your window, you can make it known your property has been marked.
“Surrey Police is working to specifically target burglars and handlers of stolen goods and that is why the kits are offered in areas where there has been a higher number of burglaries.
Over the course of the last few weeks, neighbourhood officers have been knocking on doors in selected areas in Banstead to explain how DNA property marking works and answering any questions homeowners may have.
We are also on hand to offer general crime reduction advice, providing homeowners with the new Surrey Police crime reduction packs and encouraging them to join or establish a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme if they haven't already done so."
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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