CHESHIRE Police’s Operation Shield campaign to ward off burglars and make sure victims are reunited with their stolen property has been a great success and is now being rolled out across the district of Castle.
The Operation which launched in March 2015, uses SelectaDNA forensic marking and has already seen burglary drop by up to 83% in other parts of the county.
SelectaDNA is a forensic liquid containing DNA unique to each property, which can be used to mark belongings so that they can be returned to their rightful owner no matter where it is recovered from.
Burglars may also find themselves marked with the forensic liquid, which stays on their hair, skin and clothes and cannot be washed off. The liquid cannot be seen in normal light but is only revealed in UV light.
Northwich Local Policing Unit has been given funding from Cllr Sam Naylor and Cllr Paul Dolan, Cheshire West and Chester Council members for the Castle and Winnington ward, towards the scheme.
Sgt Gary Weaver, from Northwich Local Policing Unit, said: "Every person arrested in Cheshire is screened under a special ultra violet light in custody – if they have committed a crime in an Operation Shield area, they will be marked, and the unique DNA will link them directly to the individual crime scene.
"I’ve been working closely with various parish councils within the area and I’m delighted that Cllrs Sam Naylor and Paul Dolan have been able to support the rollout of Operation Shield in the Castle area of Northwich.
"The councillors have provided funding which has enabled us to purchase the special DNA marking kits that we will be distributing within the Castle community.
"The distribution of the kits will be done by local officers who will be out and about in the area knocking on doors and speaking to residents.
"This provides my officers with a great opportunity to meet members of their community who otherwise may not have much need to contact the police or their local officer."
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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