Burglars thinking of targeting homes in Tooting, in the London Borough of Wandsworth, have been thwarted thanks to a successful anti-theft scheme using SelectaDNA.
Official figures confirming that burglary is down in the area will be released by Wandsworth Council at the end of March, but since the launch in April 2014 the scheme has had a 100 per cent success rate, with no properties that have used the SelectaDNA property marking kits being burgled.
The council’s Community Safety Division has been offering residents property marking kits that they can use to mark their possessions with a unique synthetic DNA code which enables the registered owner of the property to be traced.
The council’s community safety spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said:
“We sent letters to all the homes in the roads that have been targeted in the past by thieves looking for small but valuable items that are easy to steal, such as mobile phones and iPads. Uptake has been good and all the evidence suggests the scheme is acting as a deterrent.”
The kits have already been offered to homes in four roads in Tooting but the success of the scheme means that it will now be extended to include residents of four additional streets– Mayford Road, Ravenslea
Road, Airedale Road and Calbourne Road.
Meanwhile, in another London borough, Southwark Councillor James Barber is a firm supporter of SelectaDNA.
He said: “We have been using SelectaDNA as part of a police/council initiative since 2008 and in the first four months had no burglaries at all, which is amazing. We have bought more than 2,500 kits over the last few years and would not have invested so heavily had we not thought it worthwhile. I believe SelectaDNA has largely supressed burglary in the area and has truly made a marked difference.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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