Police Scotland has unveiled SelectaDNA as their latest tool in the fight against housebreaking and property theft.
Residents in Perth and Kinross can help to safeguard their property, vehicles, personal belongings and agricultural equipment using this innovative security pack containing a uniquely-coded solution which can be painted on to the homeowner’s possessions.
Once applied, the solution is almost impossible to remove and is only detectable under UV light.
When a theft takes place and items are recovered, officers can check the DNA code on property and identify stolen goods. The unique code within the solution provides a forensic link back to the owner of the stolen items. As an additional crime prevention measure, deterrent warning signs are also provided which can be placed near your property to deter opportunistic thieves.
Funding for this project has been provided by the Perth and Kinross Community Safety Partnership.
Councillor Douglas Pover, Chair of the Community Safety Partnership, said: ‘The Partnership was happy to help the police forensic marking initiative with some funding. It allows householders to take some positive action to protect their property and also helps the police to reunite people with their property if they are unfortunate enough to have it stolen. There are very few break-ins to private houses in Perth and Kinross which is good, but we want to keep it that way!’
Sergeant Amanda Nicolson added: “The use of SelectaDNA forensic marking kits is our latest tactic to help local residents protect their homes and belongings. It is hoped that this initiative will be an effective tool, which will help thwart the activities of the criminals who conduct these despicable acts against people’s personal property and make them think twice about committing crimes of dishonesty in Perth and Kinross.”
"Although the use of the kits does not require any specialist training, we do have a number of local officers who have been trained by SelectaDNA on the most effective use of the kits and they can carry out crime prevention surveys. You can also speak to us about DNA forensic marking kits that are available for agricultural vehicles."
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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