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Streatham Officers Use DNA Marking To Warn Off Burglars

A RESIDENTIAL street in south-west London is being protected from burglary by the use of SelectaDNA, as part of a police initiative to cut crime in the borough of Lambeth.
Lambeth Met Police Officers have been helping to mark the property of residents in Ambleside Avenue, Streatham, which has recently suffered from a spate of burglaries.
Officers on foot patrol from the Streatham South Safer Neighbourhoods Team along with officers from Streatham’s Local Policing Team have called at every address along the Avenue speaking with the occupants about preventing their homes from becoming a target of burglary.
In addition to the crime prevention advice, Lambeth officers also encouraged residents to use SelectaDNA to mark any household items of value such as flatscreen TVs, jewellery and computer equipment.
When police recover stolen property, the unique SelectaDNA markings can help them to return the items to the rightful owner, and also help police achieve better success rates in convictions against burglars.
Metal street signage announcing that SelectaDNA is in use in the area has been erected in Ambleside Avenue to act as a deterrent to potential burglars.
Inspector Nick Fallowfield of the Streatham Cluster for Lambeth Borough Police said: “By working together with the residents of Lambeth we will make our borough stronger and safer against crime.”

Advising local residents of the new SelectaDNA scheme, Inspector Fallowfield said: “Steps such as property marking will make your home more secure against possible break-ins while assisting us to detect crime and bring those offenders to justice. We welcome all residents to contact their local SNT to gain valuable crime prevention advice.”

For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.

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