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2015 Auckland Council

16 Dec 2015

OVER 500 theft victims are benefiting from the latest crime prevention property-marking initiative, which aims to reduce burglary and deter theft across the Auckland region.

2015 BNZ Safer Schools

15 Dec 2015

The successful BNZ Safer School Programme continues in 2015. Now in its fifth year, the Programme has been hugely successful in reducing and preventing crime in 12 districts, covering the North and South island.

Safe As Houses

6 Aug 2014

Safe as Houses (SAH) is a community based crime prevention and deterrence programme that derived from the UK. It looks to bring communities together in association with voluntary organisations and corporate supporters to promote a proactive approach withi

What happens to unclaimed goods?

23 Jul 2014

Ever wondered what happens to items with incorrect addresses at New Zealand Post, or those unclaimed wallets at the Police Stations? Well Fair Go looked into it...

New Zealand Police Community Days

1 May 2014

As a part of Operation SNAP, often we are invited to be a part of the Community Days run by the New Zealand Police and other community organisations. If there is one in your neighbourhood, we may very well be there - please come and say hello!

BNZ Hoax Bomber can’t escape science

26 Mar 2014

This morning in the Manukau District Court, Clive Macintosh Mackay was sentenced to six years and three months in jail after staging an elaborate bomb-hoax in a South Auckland bank.

Operation Snap

12 Dec 2013

Operation SNAP (Serial Number Action Partnership) is an initiative of the New Zealand Police, aiming to prevent burglary and property offending. SNAP's aim is to make it harder for criminals to sell stolen goods. It helps protect property in a number of

Businesses receive accolades from Police Commissioner

5 Dec 2013

Partners in the BNZ Safer Schools Programme, SelectaDNA and Bank of New Zealand have each been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for their contributions towards this successful crime prevention initiative.

Businesses give bad behaviour the push

24 Oct 2013

Manurewa township is fast becoming the crime prevention ‘Golden Triangle’ with another major chain using forensic technology to combat anti-social behaviour. Local businesses are employing a layering of security solutions to reduce crime in their immed

Residents can now fight back

8 Oct 2013

Source: New Zealand Herald; Pictured: Evan Lockington, co-ordinator at Viscount Community House, Mangere, says Operation Safe as Houses has made a difference.

Cops dish out markers in fight against crime

8 Oct 2013

Source: New Zealand Herald; Pictured: Counties Manukau West Area Commander Jason Hewett said the programme would help people in a community that had been hit hard by theft over the past few years

Techno Tagging to Deter Thieves

27 Sep 2013

About 100 schools across Nelson Tasman are set to receive an anti-theft property-marking kit, thanks to a Safer Schools collaboration between BNZ, Crime Stoppers, Police, and SelectaDNA - a global forensic coding company.

BNZ Safer Schools Programme

4 Sep 2013

The BNZ Safer Schools Programme started at the end of 2009, after Police in Rotorua heard of the success gained in a pilot of a forensic marking product called SelectaDNA.

Lights shine at Hamilton Central

23 Aug 2013

Every offender at Hamilton Central Police Station will be put under the spot light. Hamilton Central will be the first station in New Zealand to install large UV lighting equipment. It’s a move that follows in the footsteps of UK Police forces that hav

DNA Kits for Schools

20 Aug 2013

Source: Southland Times DNA has long been a staple of science textbooks but will now be used to protect valuable equipment in Southland schools.

Z expands its ability to keep its customers and people safe

7 Aug 2013

Z is trialling an invisible liquid “DNA” that they hope will deter would-be robbers, making sites even safer for service station staff and customers.

Operation SelectaDNA: Randwick Park

6 Aug 2013

We launched SelectaDNA on the first of September 2009. It’s a reminder of how time slips by so quickly when you are consumed with such a fast paced, varied environment such as working here at SelectaDNA.

Bright light on safety message

22 Jul 2013

Today the Puriri Neighbourhood Policing Team's Safe as Houses project will be launched at St Mark's Church on Puriri St, and the children's art exhibition will be open to the public.

Students have hand in crime fight

20 Jul 2013

The Safe As Houses project is designed to beat burglaries and Whanganui UCOL students on the certificate in art and design course have hit the mark with their stencilled hand.

Operation SNAP building a future

19 Jul 2013

Team Puriri is making gains working with the community on local solutions to crime and social problems in the neighbourhood, says a police spokesman. Sergeant Kevin Smith says the Puriri Neighbourhood Policing Team is doing so while building the suburb

The art of making kids more aware of safety

15 Jul 2013

ART THAT GLOWS: Castlecliff School students, from left, Carrie Rennie, Tyrone Apiata-Tyson and Ella-Cruz Smedley try out the fluorescent paint for the Safe as Houses project, with the Puriri Policing Team Mark Stroud and Vaughan Patching.

Shop puts light on theft

12 Jul 2013

MARKED: Constables Sumita Rhodes (left) and Mark Stroud, with Cash Converters manager Damian Hall. PHOTO/STUART MUNRO Shining a UV light on goods that come across the counters of Wanganui second-hand businesses or into scrap metal dealer yards is anoth

Burglary victims to be given ID packs

11 Jul 2013

Source: Eastern Courier

Passion put into project

11 Jul 2013

SNAPPED UP: Whanganui School of Design Masters student Sean Johnson holds his sticker design which he collaborated on with Constable Vaughan Patching of the Puriri Neighbourhood Policing Team. PICTURE / STUART MUNRO

Police collaborate with UCOL students on crime prevention initiative

3 Jul 2013

Whanganui Police have teamed up with students from the Universal College of Learning (UCOL) to create a sticker and stencil aimed at spreading crime prevention messages to the community.

Burglar-proof DNA kits given to South Island schools

6 Jun 2013

Burglar-proof DNA kits have been donated to every school in the South Island today in a bid to protect school property from thieves. BNZ has teamed-up with police, Crimestoppers and SelectaDNA to donate the high-tech $150 kits as part of a nation-wide

New steps give minor offences a hammering

18 Apr 2013

A secruity device sending out high pitched signals finely tuned to annoy young ears is being used to fight crime on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

Winning the war on crime: A step ahead of criminals

9 Apr 2013

Swift analysis can help police try to stop crimes and even catch offenders in the act. Jared Savage investigates.

Maccas use DNA Spray to stop robbers

10 Jan 2013

McDonald's is rolling out a state-of-the art security system across Australia that douses fleeing robbers with an invisible, synthetic DNA spray in attempt to stop criminals seeing their fast food restaurants as a soft target. The move comes as police

DNA to protect at the pumps

21 Dec 2012

After having their business burnt to the ground in an arson attack in 2011, Whakamaru G.A.S petrol station owner Alex Sutherland is taking all the precautions to make sure that his premises are properly secured from any further incident.

DNA makes mark on crime

21 Nov 2012

A system which uses "synthetic DNA" to tag personal property has been distributed to 600 homes in a Hamilton suburb to combat burglaries.

Counties Manukau Police tackle burglary face-to-face

16 Oct 2012

Counties Manukau Police, Maori Wardens, Pacific Wardens, the community and victims of crime aim to tackle burglary together and get results.

DNA anti-theft tool gets Housing NZ trial in Bay

4 Oct 2012

Forensic property-marking technology is being trialled in Hawke's Bay by Housing New Zealand.

DNA tagging used to fight theft

20 Sep 2012

DNA technology should dramatically cut the number of thefts from schools after being rolled out in Kapiti by Police Minister Anne Tolley. SelectaDNA, an invisible liquid with a unique sequence of DNA including 60 chromosomes in every bottle, can be app

World First: DNA Dog Sniffs Out Stolen Metal

5 Sep 2012

The first Detection Dog in the world to be trained to sniff out forensic markings on stolen metal is set to help police officers crack down on metal theft in the UK.

Smart solution may thwart burglars

29 Jun 2012

Clever technology is being introduced to schools all over Auckland to reduce burglary on school grounds.

New device in fight against burglaries

12 Apr 2012

Police hope a new kit that marks property with a unique DNA liquid will deter burglars in McLaren Park.

Magic marker aims to curb school burglaries

30 Mar 2012

A banker, a businessman and a policeman walk into a room full of school principals and pitch a novel idea to stop school burglaries.

Schools Fight Back

23 Feb 2012

Petty criminals targeting schools will need to think again about stealing property with the introduction of new DNA forensic labelling. Rodney and Hibiscus Coast schools studying methods to identify stolen equipment with the help of synthetic DNA techn

DNA Spray to foil thieves

8 Jan 2012

McDonald's restaurants are fighting back against thieves by blasting suspected robbers with an invisible DNA spray as they attempt to flee. The spray, which remains on the suspect's skin for two weeks and on clothes for up to six months, has been introduc

You steal, you’re marked!

11 Dec 2011

Local Four Square owner Scott Miller has had enough. The Fairfield businessman has installed a SelectaDNA Spray system into his Heaphy Terrace store in a bid to stop shoplifters at the busiest time of year.

Kiwis appointed as Australian Distributor for World-Leading Product

29 Nov 2011

Selectamark Security Systems PLC has announced the appointment of a distributor in Australia for its world-leading range of forensic marking products.

Times are a changing

10 Nov 2011

For many, the suburb of Clendon in Manurewa, South Auckland has an immediate association with crime. The Clendon Residents Group (CRG), a community initiative run by local neighbourhood leaders, looks to change that association to a view more fitting with

Discreet systems win at World Cup

27 Oct 2011

ANZ, the official bank of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, took pride of place on Auckland’s Queens Wharf as the city proudly welcomed locals and international visitors to the country’s largest fan zone.

Laptop found in p-lab

26 Sep 2011

A laptop stolen from a Hamilton school was returned to them over the weekend after its details were registered on the independent serial registry SNAP.

I promise I'm not on the payroll - Brown

7 Sep 2011

Auckland Mayor Len Brown led proceedings at the launch of the North Harbour Business Crime Prevention Tool Kit which includes a SelectaDNA Forensic Property Marking Kit yesterday. This is the second event in a two month period that has seen Mayor Brown e

Crime Prevention and Safety Event popular

5 Sep 2011

Relevant offersCrime prevention and safety were outlined to the community at Orewa's Community Hall last Friday and Saturday.

Happy Second Birthday: Looking back to where it all started

1 Sep 2011

It’s hard to believe that two years ago today we kicked off with a hiss and a roar. It’s a reminder of how time slips by so quickly when you are consumed with such a fast paced, varied environment such as working here at SelectaDNA.

Crimefighters are gathering on the Hibiscus Coast

25 Aug 2011

Orewa community constable Jason Homan is organising two information days after a flood of crime prevention requests from residents. The aim is to equip residents and the business community with advice on keeping safe and beating crime.

Schools to get crimebusting DNA kits

12 Aug 2011

North Shore Community Problem Solving Team Sergeant Sunny Patel with Birkenhead College head boy Simon cox (17) and head girl Sze Looi Chin (17) at the launch of the BNZ Safer Schools Programme.