A PROPERTY management company in Middlesbrough is protecting vulnerable houses from burglary using SelectaDNA forensic marking in a new crime prevention scheme.
C&M Property Management has deployed SelectaDNA to mark household fixtures and fittings such as boilers and white goods in vulnerable properties in the Gresham area.
Deterrent warning stickers are also being used at the properties to warn thieves that items are DNA-protected. The initiative is being supported by Middlesbrough Council.
C&M looks after more than 300 properties in Cleveland and North Yorkshire, many of which are rented by students. The houses generally come fully-furnished and include a cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine in the kitchen. If properties remain empty before the start of a new university or college year, they are considered vulnerable and could be targeted by thieves.
SelectaDNA is a coded property marking solution that can be applied to any household items of value, enabling them to be identified and recovered if stolen. The unique DNA solution is invisible to the naked eye but becomes visible under UV light. The marking is registered to a particular property so that any items can be identified as having originated from that address.
Wendy Crooks, Managing Director of C&M Property Management Ltd, said of SelectaDNA: “This product will help us identify stolen goods, and the warning stickers act as a powerful deterrent to would-be thieves.”
Councillor Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Community Protection, added: “I’m sure the public will be reassured to know that initiatives are being developed to prevent and detect crime, and that good relationships are being built with private landlords.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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