Kits handed out to prevent burglaries

Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Harris, Vera Baird, Chief Constable Steve Ashman, Chief Superintendent Sharon Stavers.
Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Harris, Vera Baird, Chief Constable Steve Ashman, Chief Superintendent Sharon Stavers.
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Policein Northumberland have delivered special ‘crime prevention kits’ to residents in Ashington in an attempt to crack down on burglaries.

This latest activity forms part of Operation Community Pride - a three week campaign tackling everything from suspected supply of Class A drugs through to dealing with rogue landlords, nuisance tenants, anti-social behaviour, littering, dog fouling, illegal money lending, vulnerability and domestic violence.

Selected addresses in the town were given the kits which have ‘SelectaDNA’ which contains a forensic marking liquid which incorporates tiny micro-dots which are painted on to valuable items enabling them to be identified if stolen and later recovered and returned to their rightful owner.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, helped fund the scheme to ensure residents have access to the kits to help prevent crime in Northumberland.

Neighbourhood Inspector, Dave Harris, said: “We believe that this approach to crime prevention is extremely good and will make our area inhospitable to burglars and travelling criminals.

“Our aim is to make it as difficult as possible and pointless for criminals to target houses in Ashington by giving as many households as possible the opportunity to forensically mark their valuable items and render them far too risky for criminals to sell or keep for fear of them being identified as stolen.

“Officers have been putting up warning signs where they have visited with SelectaDNA to warn any burglars.”