POLICE in the West Midlands are targeting ‘high risk’ areas of Birmingham using SelectaDNA forensic marking in a new crackdown against burglaries.
The SelectaDNA property marking system is being deployed in a large residential scheme involving up to 1,000 properties in the Shard End ward, and is being funded by a local Partnership.
SelectaDNA is a liquid which contains a unique DNA code registered to a specific property. It can be easily applied to personal possessions including TVs, jewellery, bikes, garden tools and other expensive goods. The product is almost invisible when applied and does not damage valuable property in any way.
The system allows anything which is stolen during a break-in and later recovered by police to be directly traced back to the property. It will also link a burglar directly to the crime scene, increasing the chances of a successful conviction.
West Midlands Police are offering the DNA kits to residents in ‘hotspot’ streets in Shard End and Kitts Green that have been identified as being at higher risk of burglary. Deterrent signs are being erected on the streets to warn off criminals, and residents are being given hi-visibility window stickers to indicate that their homes are protected by SelectaDNA.
PCSO Carolyn Davis of Shard End Neighbourhood Team, said: “This new scheme is a concerted effort by West Midlands Police to crackdown on residential burglary. There has been a problem in this area with the theft of electrical items such as TVs and PCs, and anything that is easy for a thief to grab such as jewellery. There have also been problems with shed break-ins and theft from allotments.”
PCSO Davis continued: “By going door-to-door and speaking to local residents about SelectaDNA, we are encouraging them to make it more difficult for thieves. We know that burglars do not want to be caught with marked property in their possession as it links them directly back to the break-in.
“We also know that marked property is a very effective deterrent, as more and more thieves are not prepared to take the risk that they won’t be able to sell on the items they have stolen.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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