A MAJOR anti-burglary operation using SelectaDNA traceable liquid has been launched by Cheshire Police to protect property and businesses across the county.
Operation Shield is allowing members of the public and businesses to adopt forensic marking at their homes and premises across Cheshire.
Criminals are also being targeted to ensure that they are aware of how the use of SelectaDNA, which links stolen property and the offender to the crime scene, will make life difficult for them should they choose to commit crimes in areas highlighted by the operation.
SelectaDNA is a forensic liquid containing a unique DNA code which is traceable to each individual property. It can be used to mark belongings, allowing them to be returned to the owner no matter where they are recovered from.
Offenders who attempt to commit robbery at a business in Cheshire will find themselves marked with SelectaDNA Spray, a clear DNA-coded mist which cannot be rubbed off and sits on skin and clothing for weeks.
Every person arrested in Cheshire will be screened by police under a special ultra violet light in custody. If they have committed a crime in an Operation Shield area, they will be marked, and the unique DNA will link them directly to the individual crime scene.
John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: "Operation Shield will help to continue the work we do to ensure that the people of Cheshire are able to deter criminals and make their homes and properties safer. When the worst does happen then it (SelectaDNA) gives us another tool to apprehend those responsible and re-unite people with their possessions."
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts added: "Every year we recover items which we struggle to re-unite with their owners simply because we have no way of knowing who they are. With this system your property can be traced back to you quickly and easily even if it is recovered from the other end of the country."
He continued: "This system is a fantastic tool in fighting retail and business crime because of that ability to link offenders to specific crimes. Everyone who is arrested will be put under the UV light as a matter of course to see if they have been in contact with the liquid. My message to criminals in Cheshire is be extremely nervous about committing any crime in an Operation Shield protected area or premises. One spray could put you away."
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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