Congratulations to Neil Beards and his team at Wolverhampton City Council who have just won the School Security Award at the Education Business Awards for their great work with West Midlands Police using SelectaDNA to protect local schools.
Break-ins at over 60 schools in Wolverhampton dropped by more than 70% following the use of SelectaDNA forensic marking kits to protect valuable ICT equipment from theft.
The crime reduction scheme was launched over a year ago (March 2016) and was backed by West Midlands Police following a spate of burglaries at school premises. The initiative involved marking electronic equipment including computers and iPads supplied to 61 local schools has reduced break-ins by an impressive 71%
SelectaDNA is a substance which can invisibly mark valuable items such as laptops, iPads and iPhones without affecting their value. It contains a unique code that when scanned relates to a corresponding record on a secure database.
There had been 14 school break-ins in Wolverhampton in the previous 12 months before the project started.
PC Diane Shepherd, West Midlands Police, said: “The deterrent aspect of SelectaDNA appears to have been a great success.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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