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Tis The Season To Be Careful

A CHRISTMAS crackdown on crime is in full swing in Kingswinford, Dudley, with police using the latest SelectaDNA technology to prevent festive burglary.

West Midlands Police, along with Safe and Sound, Dudley’s community safety partnership, is extending its use of SelectaDNA to mark property at risk of burglary on the run up to Christmas.

During 2009 the use of SelectaDNA in the Kates Hill area of Dudley is credited with helping slash residential burglaries by 52 per cent.

SelectaDNA is a clear forensic liquid, which when applied leaves a unique identifying code on valuable household items such as laptops, TVs and other electrical items, linking burglars to crime scenes and assisting in returning stolen property to owners.

Detective sergeant Mark Rushton, who is leading the initiative in Dudley, said: “Burglary always rises at this time of year and we are keen to exploit every avenue that could help us solve this kind of crime, as well as helping to better support victims in their hour of need.

“SelectaDNA will be used where there is a known problem in a bid to prevent residents or businesses being targeted.”

Police officers will be encouraged to routinely search for SelectaDNA marked items when undertaking house searches and specialist ultra violet scanners to detect the DNA substance will be used when people suspected of burglary are taken into police custody.

Festive Security Advice From North Wales Police  Meanwhile, a campaign aimed at promoting security and reassurance leading up to Christmas for residents in Gwynedd and Anglesey has been hailed a success. Organised by North Wales Police and supported by the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and the Gwynedd and Anglesey Community Safety Partnerships, Operation ‘Don't Be Kind To Criminals' was held on 14th December with the aim of reducing festive burglary in the region.

Officers distributed crime prevention advice and SelectaDNA property marking kits to residents of Holyhead, Bangor, Caernarfon, Porthmadog and Barmouth.

Inspector Guy Blackwell from the Western Division Community Safety Department said: "The aim of the day was to help promote safety, security and reassurance, especially in the lead up to Christmas.”

He continued: "Officers have been out and about at busy shopping areas today in various towns talking to members of the public about keeping safe at this time of year. SelectaDNA property marking kits have also been distributed and in some areas purse bells, to help deter purse thieves have been handed out.

"Local initiatives will continue this week to provide communities with all the tools, equipment and information they need to keep themselves and their properties safe this Christmas."

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

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