OFFICERS from Surrey Police have been working alongside Elmbridge Housing Trust and the borough’s Community Safety Partnership to deliver SelectaDNA property marking kits to homes in Walton.
The crime reduction initiative is aiming to stem residential burglary and metal theft in the area and 400 kits are being delivered to local residents.
Elmbridge Neighbourhood Sergeant Charlotte Chambers said: “There have been a number of recent thefts in the St John’s area of Walton and we have worked with partners to take positive action to resolve the problem.
“I would urge the public to mark any valuable items to help reduce the chances that they will be stolen in the future. Items marked by the kits will also be much harder for criminals to sell on and if we recover them the unique marking from the kit will enable us to return the stolen item to the owner quickly.”
Stickers supplied with the kit can be placed on the front and back windows of a resident’s home to warn any would-be thieves that their property is marked.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Chambers concluded: “We will continue to work with partner agencies to tackle the problems and concerns identified to us by the community and do everything possible to prevent crime in the borough.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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