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Reducing Rural Crime In Wales

Reducing Rural Crime In Wales

Breconshire Police have been promoting SelectaDNA to protect farm equipment and deter rural crime at events including one run recently by the National Sheep Association.

Officers have also been busy distributing kits to local farmers so that they can mark tools, equipment, gardening and agricultural machinery.

Also in Wales, an ongoing operation to reduce rural crime in the Wrexham area has been extended with scores of properties being visited in recent months.

Operation Steel was set up two years ago to tackle burglary, theft and vehicle crime.  Target areas were agreed with local communities based on crime statistics and the scheme has involved police visiting homes to offer a security site survey and issuing forensic SelectaDNA kits so property can be marked and made traceable if stolen.

A total of 420 properties across Wrexham and Flintshire have been visited.

Former PC Hazel Goss MBE, who retired in July after 30 years of protecting the public and fighting crime, said: “Marking property reduces the chances of it being stolen as it is very hard to get rid of because it is traceable, so handlers of stolen property will not touch it. This leaves the thief with the stolen property and an increased chance of being caught.

“Implementing the scheme has been very hard work for the team, but the results have been excellent with a huge drop in crime and residents feeling much safer in their homes and offering more reassurance to communities.”

For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.

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