West Midlands Police have been helping local residents to protect their homes from burglary with practical advice and DNA kits.
Operation Electron was set up to tackle burglary in Birmingham and officers in Selly Oak have been identifying roads where burglaries happen more frequently and visiting householders to give practical advice and support.
Officers have been ‘offering residents DNA property marking kits’ to help protect their valuables from burglars. The Kit from Selecta DNA, marks the property with a unique DNA formula that is inconspicuous and almost impossible to remove
“A message that the road is not a soft touch for burglars is spelt out loud and clear on the pavements, which we’ve been marking with a stencil and a chalk-type of spray paint.
“Every resident we’ve seen has been very positive and grateful for our assistance in making them feel safer.”
Landlord Lawrence Jacobey said: “I have a few properties that I rent out to students. At least now that I have a DNA kit, I can ensure the properties are marked and registered. This is really promising that police are taking an active approach to making residents feel secure.”
Funding for Op Electron was approved from local budgets and permission authorised by Birmingham City Council.