The initiative is a joint project between Auckland Council and Auckland Police where selected residents are being given the opportunity to protect their personal property by using SelectaDNA, a unique DNA-coded product.
Funded by Auckland Council, the SelectaDNA marking kits are being distributed to residents in selected areas by the New Zealand Police. Each kit contains a bottle of the SelectaDNA formula, deterrent warning stickers, instructions on how to apply the product and free registration onto a police-approved database. Street signs are also being erected to deter criminals from the area and warn them that all property is DNA marked, registered and traceable.
The project was launched on Tuesday the 18th of August in Pukekohe.
When the SelectaDNA team arrived at the Pukekohe Town, Police were present on an amazing Police tractor, Mobile Bus and Prevention caravan, giving advice to the members of the rural community.
Children were taking pictures with the tractor while the parents were informed about the project.
The Franklin rural community has been targeted by burglars in the past, in particular garages and sheds, and the crime prevention advice that the Police provided outlined a number of ways to keep homes and propertyes safe, and deter burglars.
Noel Smith and Josh Macdonald were two of 166 rural Franklin residents who have been given a kit.
Josh McDonald was very well informed about the SelectaDNA and he said having his valuable items marked with the solution would put his mind at ease.
Josh had two farm motorbikes stolen in October from his home in Paerata"It's something you feel a little bit safer knowing there's a bit more of a deterrent and a chance of getting it back if it is stolen."
Mr Smith's property in Waiuku was burgled in July and he has been robbed on two separate occasions at the same property.
Mr Smith hoped potential burglars would be deterred once they saw stickers warning them items were marked with the kits.
Later that day meetings between the Police and community were held in Onehunga where the police visited to homes to give Crime Prevention advice and the SelectaDNA Kit.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Richard Chambers says:
"SelectaDNA kits will go to a range of residential urban victims of previous burglaries in Ranui and Onehunga and rural residents in Pukekohe, Waiuku and Tuakau.
"The kits are being supplied free of charge by Auckland Council's Community Development and Safety team to try and ensure those who have been burgled in the past, use this simple technique to mark property and can identify any recovered goods in the event they are burgled again."
SelectaDNA kits have been proven as an effective way to combat burglary before.
6 months after Operation SelectaDNA:RANDWICK in 2010 the result were a massive 61.8% reduction in crime in Randwick Park. Proud as punch were we.
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