As Surrey Police begin their roll out of thousands of forensic marking kits for residents to use to reduce burglaries they have a clear message for anyone thinking of committing burglaries in Surrey – DON’T!
Local officers and neighbourhood teams will be handing out in excess of 30,000 SelectaDNA property marking kits over the next 12 months to those households in hot spot areas. Additionally, thanks to funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner and money seized from criminals via the Proceeds of Crime Act, the police will be handing out more kits to Surrey’s rural community so they can mark up their expensive machinery and other valuable assets and deter any would-be intruders from stealing their property.
The SelectaDNA packs consist of a bottle of clear liquid which carries its very own unique synthetic DNA code which is only visible under ultraviolet light. The product can be used to mark valuable items of household property such as TVs, laptops, iPads, games consoles, musical instruments, tools, jewellery and antiques. It takes seconds to apply the liquid and it’s virtually impossible to remove. Marked property is then registered onto a secure police and insurance approved national database which proves ownership and allows recovered items to be traced back to the owner. By marking property and displaying the orange window stickers warning that property is DNA marked, criminals will be deterred from targeting protected homes.
The traceable liquid is being delivered to communities by officers who are offering crime prevention advice alongside instruction on how to mark possessions. Signs will also be going up locally to show that homes in specific roads have property marked with SelectaDNA. Stickers supplied with the kit can also be placed on the front and back windows of a resident’s home to warn any would-be thieves that their property is marked.
Detective Inspector Dee Fielding said: “We have evidence from many other Police Forces such as Greater Manchester Police, West Midlands, Cheshire Constabulary and Merseyside Police that the use of the SelectaDNA kits have successfully cut the number of burglars trying their luck especially when they realise that items marked with the DNA code are much harder to sell on. In North Manchester, SelectaDNA report that burglaries reduced by up to 83% following a home crime reduction initiative.
“We want to reduce our burglary offences in Surrey and my message to would-be burglars is don’t come here to commit crime. If you do and you’ve got stolen property on you we can trace it back to the original owner and prove it’s not yours.
“As a Force we’ve been taking robust and proactive steps to both prevent and detect burglary and this roll-out forms part of a whole range of tactics we are using. Since December of last year, we have introduced centrally coordinated dedicated burglary teams across Surrey. Operation Spearhead has been running for several months with overt and covert officers and staff deployed solely to prevent burglaries and catch offenders. Recent successes include four people arrested within 24 hours on suspicion of burglary offences in Waverley and two men being charged in connection with 37 burglaries across 11 counties.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro said: “We have seen a recent rise in burglary offences in Surrey and whilst this is following the national trend, I know from talking to residents this is a concern for our communities.
“The use of forensic marking kits has proved to be a clear deterrent to burglars and I hope this roll out in hot spot areas sends a direct warning to criminals to think twice about trying their luck in Surrey.
“I would also urge all residents in the county to play their part in making life difficult for burglars by taking security precautions to prevent their homes from becoming a target. This includes, where possible, taking advantage of the SelectaDNA kits which can not only identify their property if it is stolen but can also help bring those committing these crimes in Surrey to justice.”
DI Fielding added: “We are taking proactive measures to tackle the issue, with the priority being to prevent burglaries from happening in the first place. Householders can help play a significant role in helping with this. Please employ crime prevention measures wherever possible, sometimes just locking doors and windows can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to opportunist thieves.
James Brown, Managing Director of SelectaDNA, said: “This is a really exciting initiative, which demonstrates how the public and private sector can work together to fight crime on a large scale. We’ve been fortunate enough to work closely with Surrey Police in the past, but this is a substantial project which will, I’m sure, have an extremely positive impact on communities across the whole of the county.”
For those Surrey residents outside the project areas, a discount of 50% with free P&P is available on SelectaDNA Home kits. Just visit www.selectadna.co.uk and use the discount code ‘DNASURREY50’ to order a kit for just £29.75.
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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