Void and vulnerable properties in the north-east of England are being guarded against metal theft via a strategic partnership between SelectaDNA and our forensic marking deployment partner DNA Protec.
In a recent initiative with Your Homes Newcastle (YHN), DNA Protec marked metal infrastructure in 14 high rise tower blocks across the city of Newcastle with SelectaDNA Traceable Liquids.
Items that were DNA-coded included copper/aluminium lightening conductors, cabling and brass valves in all plant and switch rooms, and all brass wet & dry riser valves. All items coded were then added to the SelectaDNA database.
Over 300 deterrent signs have been erected externally and within the tower blocks to warn thieves that the metal is marked. It is hoped that the number of metal thefts reported since the scheme was introduced in May will fall dramatically across these 14 tower blocks.
Geoff Seddon, Director of DNA Protec, said: “Your Homes Newcastle has suffered previously from metal theft in all of these blocks and our work falls into their metal theft reduction strategy across the city.”
He added: “The success of this initial contract in deterring subsequent thefts of metal from the YHN property portfolio could result in it being rolled out to other problematic sites across the city in the near future.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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