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Schools to get crimebusting DNA kits

Schools to get crimebusting DNA kits

North Shore Times, by Lisa Honeybone


Crimefighting will be added to schools curriculum with the use of their own theft deterrent kits.

BNZ has joined forces with the Education Ministry and the New Zealand Police to provide local schools with SelectaDNA Kits.

The kit contains an invisible solution that holds a unique DNA sequence and can be applied to almost anything like computers and musical instruments. 

One kit can cover up to 100 items.

Each kit is registered to an individual or organisation.  If the item is stolen, Police can identify the owner through microdtos visible under a microscope. 

The concept was launched at Birkenhead College on August 5.

District Commander Bill Searle says it's a great community policing initiative.

New Zealand is the third country in the world to adopt the technology  which is now being used in 24 countries.

Mayor Brown says the Shore has some of the lowest crime levels in the region but it's still not good enough. 

"Word needs to go around the community that we are not accepting this kind of thing," he says.

Community Sergeant Sunny Patel says he worked with similar technology in the United Kingdom.

He was keen to see the concept implemented into the Shore community and he is pleased to see the kits being delivered to 71 North Shore schools.

The shore is part of a national programme with previous programmes undertaken in Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Counties Manukau South and Franklin. 

Evidence from trials last year in Rotorua showed the number of burglaries in schools were cut by 45 percent.

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