SIX months after the introduction of an extensive SelectaDNA forensic property marking scheme in East Dulwich, south London, residential burglary has dropped dramatically.
East Dulwich has a total of 5,200 homes, a fifth of which have already been permanently marked.
In the first two months after the scheme was launched (November and December 2008) there were ZERO residential burglaries reported in the area.
By April 2009, burglary reduction in East Dulwich had been reduced by an impressive 55%.
Part of the Cleaner, Greener, Safer initiative, funded by a Southwark Council Liberal Democrat capital spending programme, there are plans that the scheme will now be extended to include more properties in East Dulwich.
Local Lib Dem Councillor James Barber said: "SelectaDNA is the most advanced and best value property marking kit on the market.
Since the launch of the scheme, East Dulwich Safer Neighbourhood Police Team have been helping residents use the forensic marking kits in their homes.
Each kit contains a bottle of the SelectaDNA formula, which consists of an ultraviolet tracer and a unique DNA code. The clear liquid can be applied by residents to any household item such as a laptop or flatscreen TV to identify it as belonging to their property. If an item is stolen and later recovered by police, it can be scanned using a UV light and traced back to the rightful owner via the DNA marking.
Sergeant Duncan Jackson from the East Dulwich Safer Neighbourhoods team said: “This initiative reflects the ethos behind Safer Neighbourhoods Teams, the community council giving essential support to local policing in East Dulwich.”
He continued: “Not only has the financial backing for this property marking scheme allowed us to respond to community concerns quickly and effectively but also partnership working has secured its success by encouraging engagement from the wider community and showing that the police can’t beat crime by themselves."
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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