OUTBOARD motors and various items of marine equipment belonging to a London yacht club have been marked with SelectaDNA to deter theft.
Founded in 1957, Thamesmead YMCA is based on Southmere Lake, a small patch of non-tidal water just south of the Thames in East London.
The club is a recognised Royal Yaching Association Training Centre and has over 50 boats moored on site including Mirror dinghies, Pacer yachts, Topper sailboats, small sailing boats for children known as Oppies, and a range of safety boats.
Other marine property belonging to the club include battery engines, outboard motors, air compressors, life jackets and spray tops.
Principal of the club, George Reynolds OBE, said: “Thamesmead YMCA is all about the local community and encouraging those that might not have had the opportunity to sail before to come along and give it a try.”
He continued: “Security is very important to us. We have had several outboard motors stolen over the years, but on the whole we have avoided any major break-ins. We wanted to get our equipment marked with SelectaDNA as a deterrent to would-be thieves.”
SelectaDNA is an adhesive property marking fluid that contains a unique forensic code. Marine equipment can be easily marked with the liquid and the code registered on a secure database, accessible by police. If an item is stolen and recovered, any traces of the liquid will show up under UV light, and because of the DNA code, the property can then be traced back to the registered owner.
Mr Reynolds concluded: “By using SelectaDNA to mark our equipment together with visible deterrent warning signage, we are confident that this will discourage theft from the club.
“We want all the facilities and equipment we have here to continue to benefit the local community for many years to come.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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