BUSINESSES in Hertfordshire are starting the New Year with better security in place for valuable office equipment following the introduction of a property marking initiative in Letchworth Garden City.
Officers and Police Community Support Officers from the Letchworth Safer Neighbourhood Team, along with volunteers from the North Herts Crime Prevention Panel, have been giving out advice as well as SelectaDNA property marking kits from the mobile police station at the Works Road industrial estate.
SelectaDNA is a forensic marking solution containing a unique DNA code and UV markers that glow under ultra-violet light. It can be used to mark all types of business equipment including computers, laptops, printers, scanners and industrial machinery. If a marked item is stolen and recovered by police, it can be traced back to the individual business by way of the DNA marking.
Many members of the 122-strong Business Watch in Letchworth have already been using Selecta DNA, but the Safer Neighbourhood Team is encouraging all businesses to take part. The project is being funded by the Community Safety Partnership, including the police and North Herts District Council.
Letchworth Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant Steve Oliphant said: “Used in conjunction with warning signs and stickers, we think this initiative will make thieves think twice before breaking in to steal property that can be easily identified as stolen.”
He added: “We think it’s an amazing opportunity for businesses to make their property and equipment more secure.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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