A massive forensic marking operation to protect 30,000 homes from burglary is being launched by Surrey Police and will be rolled out over the next 12 months.
The new campaign is being introduced county-wide after Surrey experienced an increase in burglaries. This led to Surrey Police taking a proactive approach to deter and reduce crime in 2018 by launching Operation Spearhead, which involves the use of SelectaDNA forensic marking kits.
Initially, SelectaDNA will be distributed to 9,000 homes, with a second phase rolling out the highly effective DNA forensic marking kits to another 20,000 homes throughout the year.
SelectaDNA is a state-of-the-art forensic liquid containing a DNA code unique to each property which can be used to mark belongings, so they can be returned to the owner regardless of where they are recovered. The liquid is barely visible and extremely difficult to remove, so if an offender is caught in possession of stolen items, they can be linked directly back to the scene of the crime.
Surrey residents outside the project areas will be given the opportunity to purchase discounted kits from Selectamark, which produces SelectaDNA. Schools, local authorities and businesses across Surrey can also benefit from the publicity around the initiative by investing in SelectaDNA kits.
Detective Inspector Dee Fielding, who is leading the new campaign, said: “Operation Spearhead is a forcewide initiative into the tackling and disruption of burglaries in Surrey. Officers will be using a variety of tactics to ensure that burglars do not commit offences on our ground. We want the public to feel confident that we take these crimes very seriously.”
“We are very excited as part of this operation is to roll out SelectaDNA kits to areas deemed the most vulnerable and we are confident that this will help send a clear message to any offenders that we will do whatever it takes to prevent them committing burglaries.”
PCSOs, Cadets and Volunteers are helping to distribute the kits and all custody suites in Surrey have been given training on how to spot the markings, which are visible under UV light.
James Brown, MD of SelectaDNA, said: “We have worked with Surrey Police for a number of years providing solutions to combat theft, burglaries and metal theft. We are delighted to be involved in helping police spearhead this new campaign.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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