THERE has been an impressive 87% reduction in the number of burglary victims over a six-month period in areas of South Buckinghamshire, according to a review of the SelectaDNA forensic property marking initiative being run by South Bucks District Council and Thames Valley Police.
Areas in Denham and Burnham had previously been targets for burglary but have had less crimes of this sort since the SelectaDNA initiative was implemented in January 2010.
In the areas where SelectaDNA has been deployed there has been an 87% decrease in burglary between January 2010 and June 2010 compared to the 12 months prior to distribution.
Over 2,500 properties in burglary-affected roads were sent a letter offering a SelectaDNA forensic marking kit funded by the South Bucks Community Safety Partnership, and over 350 owners/occupiers of properties in the burglary hotspots took up the offer and received the kit.
Lin, a local Taplow resident, said: “I feel a lot safer leaving my home when I go away. The SelectaDNA solution is very easy to apply. I was also able to meet my local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) as the product was delivered to my door.”
SelectaDNA is the most advanced forensic crime reduction system on the market. Items such as TVs, computers, SatNavs, bicycles and antiques can be instantly secured by applying the SelectaDNA solution. Once dry SelectaDNA is completely invisible to the naked eye, but each kit contains a unique DNA code which glows under UV light. The police routinely search for traces of SelectaDNA as it allows them to quickly link stolen goods with a crime scene and with an offender.
South Bucks District Councillor Shorne Tilbey, Portfolio Holder for Community, said: “This joint initiative with Thames Valley Police is producing positive results and is credit to the hard work of the Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Community Safety Team at the Council.”
Chief Inspector Paul Cook, LPA Commander for South Bucks, said: “A reduction in burglary is always very encouraging. Our warning signs, posters and labels, telling criminals to stay away, are hugely effective because of the ‘DNA fear factor’.”
He continued: “Our DNA evidence frightens criminals and provides the evidential chain police officers require to be more effective in their jobs.
“SelectaDNA screening equipment is used in custody suites across Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. Statistics show that by marking your belongings and displaying stickers you can reduce your chance of being burgled by up to 85%.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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