Cheshire Police’s successful anti-burglary campaign Operation Shield will be rolled out to more than 5,000 properties in rural communities over a 12-month period starting next week (October 10).
The operation uses SelectaDNA, a state-of-the-art forensic liquid containing DNA unique to each property which can be used to mark belongings, so it can be returned to the owner regardless of where it is recovered.
The barely visible liquid is hard to see and extremely difficult to remove so if an offender is caught in possession of stolen items, they can be linked directly back to the scene of the crime.
Officers will be going door to door in the villages of Malpas, Tattenhall, Beeston, Huntington and Tiverton to distribute kits and demonstrate how they work.
PC Gerard Gigg, beat manager for more than 20 parishes across the south rural area of Cheshire, explained that the operation’s ultimate aim is to help people ‘be safe and feel safe’.
“We want to ensure every property – whether residential, farming or other business premises – is supported and covered in the same way and Operation Shield allows for an all-encompassing and consistent approach to serving and protecting the rural communities.
“South rural Cheshire is a very low crime area and this operation will help to make villages safer still and reduce the likelihood of crime further, whilst discouraging and preventing criminality.”
PC Gigg added that the force will begin with more than 900 properties in Malpas, before moving on to the almost two dozen parishes that make up the area from Huntington to Agden, and from Tattenhall through to Tiverton.
The police hope to partner with parish councils, housing trusts and community safety wardens during the roll-out.
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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