POLICE in Sunderland are using SelectaDNA Grease to give metal thieves the slip.
Over the past few months there has been a rise in thefts and attempted thefts of metal across the city.
Officers have been carrying out a number of operations to target those responsible including working with scrap metal dealers and stopping vehicles being used to transport metal.
Police have also been using SelectaDNA Grease, a special product containing forensic markers which can be painted onto metal. Anyone touching it will be left with the grease on their hands and clothing, helping police to identify offenders as it links them directly to the crime scene.
Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Jones said: "SelectaDNA is unique. Anyone who comes into contact with anything which has been coated in the grease will find it on their hands and clothing. It's impossible to remove, so when we find those who are responsible they can be linked to the theft."
Officers also want members of the community to report any suspicious activity, in particular, any scrap metal that has been left dumped somewhere or lying in someone’s garden, and are handing out leaflets urging the public to play their part in reducing the risk.
The officers are also recommending the use of SelectaDNA grease to local residents and businesses to protect lead roofs and copper piping. They have also been helping local churches to apply the product to their roofing following a spate of metal thefts from public buildings.
Acting Inspector Jones, added: “We’re continuing to work with scrap metal dealers to make sure they’re complying with the law when trading and are asking them to be extra vigilant as they can play a huge part in helping reduce the number of metal thefts by making it even more difficult for thieves to sell on their stolen goods.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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