A NURSERY school in Burnley that has been continually targeted by thieves is using SelectaDNA products to protect both the inside and outside of the premises.
Ightenhill Nursery School, in Lionel Street, has been broken into four times in the past 12 months with thieves taking three laptops and around £600 in cash. The offenders have also caused £400 worth of damage when breaking in.
In a bid to crackdown on the offences neighbourhood officers from Lancashire Constabulary have now marked any valuable electrical equipment likely to be touched by burglars with SelectaDNA, a forensic marking solution which contains a unique and identifying DNA code.
PCSO Lisa Tyler, of the Gannow neighbourhood team, said the incidents had caused a great deal of distress. She said: “These thefts have not only caused stress to the staff, children and parents who use the school but significant damage has also been caused.”
Key access points to the nursery such as window ledges have also been marked with SelectaDNA Grease, which transfers on contact to the skin, clothes, hair and shoes of an offender, forensically linking them to the scene of a crime.
By marking the interior and exterior of any premises, a building is immediately target-hardened against burglary. Warning signs can be erected that indicate that the premises are marked, and bold signage in itself has been proven to act as a huge deterrent to thieves.
PCSO Tyler is offering SelectaDNA forensic marking to other schools in the Burnley area. She concluded: “This is just one measure to further protect schools from thieves. We will continue to do all we can to deter and identify offenders and I urge anyone who sees anything suspicious to contact the police.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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