Burglars Beware - SelectaDNA Rolled Out Across Neston Area
|Published: 2nd January 2019 08:38|
Cheshire Police have rolled out Operation Shield across a number of streets in the wider Neston area - including Neston, Little Neston, Willaston, Parkgate, Burton and Ness.
Operation Shield uses SelectaDNA kits to mark personal property such as electricals or jewellery. The gel from the kits has micro dots in it which are unique to each kit. The gel remains on property for up to five years - therefore, if it is stolen and recovered it is easily identifiable. This acts as a deterrent to the thief as they struggle to get rid of marked property due to it being easily identifiable as stolen.
A PCSO applies a SelectaDNA to property in a Neston home.
Sgt Lisa Wilson of Ellesmere Port and Neston CPU said: "We have found Operation Shield is most effective when used in large areas. Areas are identified for Operation Shield if they have been targeted previously or are vulnerable for other reasons.
"All residents in the street are given kits and street signs are put up on the boundary to show the area is protected. Chester LPU have lead the way with this operation and have seen a huge reduction in incidents of burglary."
Neston's Project Rural Matters has recently provided an injection of additional funding to purchase more kits, meaning more homes will be protected.
Sgt Wilson continued: "The roll-out of Operation Shield is going well. Work has been done in the streets identified and the project has expanded to others. The areas were identified as being the first we would focus on after researching previous incidents or burglaries.
"PCSOs are visiting the residents and offering free property marking kits. Due to the cost, we are unable to offer kits to all properties in the Neston area, but we are hoping to be able to extend the project if funds become available."