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25 February 2017
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Sector sponsor: Selectamark Security Systems 

Forensic property marking kits have been distributed to all primary and secondary schools in the Rochford area in a crime reduction scheme co-ordinated by local police in Essex.

SelectaDNA comes in a kit containing a bottle of DNA solution that can be easily applied to any items of value. The unique DNA code in the solution links each item to an individual school, home or business. It doesn’t damage the marked items in any way.

Six months after the scheme started there was an impressive 100% reduction in break-ins. The scheme is ongoing and police say that schools in the area have been particularly receptive to SelectaDNA.

“The schools have been marking anything possible – laptops, photocopiers, whiteboards, digital cameras, printers, even telephones,” said PCSO Merrell of the Hockley Neighbourhood Policing Team.

“SelectaDNA is easy to use, immediately target-hardens school premises and makes burglary a much less attractive prospect to thieves who will be unsure what they will be able to get away with. Marked property is also much more difficult for burglars to sell-on.”


All schools in Rochford, Essex, have been target-hardened by the use of forensic property marking product SelectaDNA to mark valuable ICT equipment. Burglary from schools in the area was reduced by 100% after the police-backed crime reduction scheme began in 2010. The scheme is ongoing and has been extended to include SelectaDNA property marking at more than 400 households in the area.