POST BOXES in North Wales are being sprayed with SelectaDNA Trace to protect them from being stolen in an innovative scheme funded by the Royal Mail.
PC Hazel Goss MBE, community safety officer for Flintshire, has been responsible for marking the cast iron boxes, which have been continually targeted by metal thieves in recent months.
One incident involved thieves stealing an entire post box and making off with the door of another one near the village of Llay in rural Wrexham.
PC Goss said: “By using SelectaDNA to mark boxes in Wrexham and Flintshire we are aiming to reduce and deter metal theft in these areas. The unique DNA code in the spray indicates that the post box belongs to Royal Mail, making any attempts to sell on these stolen boxes for scrap very difficult indeed.”
She continued: “Warning stickers have been placed on all the boxes to indicate they are now marked, which should prove an added deterrent.
“Not only is it expensive to replace stolen post boxes, but it is also very inconvenient for members of the local community who are not able to post letters where they used to or who may have lost items
when the boxes were stolen. We are determined to crackdown on this latest crime wave as soon as possible.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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