step up crime crackdown with launch of DNA marking scheme
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week stepped up their
efforts to tackle crime in the two towns with the launch of a
new high-tech system.
group of residents has become the first in the whole region to
be given new DNA property marking packs to safeguard their valuables
property marking and spray kits contain a unique DNA code which
allow police to identify property and link criminals to the crime,
thereby reducing the likelihood of crimes being committed.
comes after the launch of a 'Street a Week' initiative in
July in which different streets in Burnham and Highbridge
are being visited each week to engage with residents and offer
crime prevention advice.
and Highbridge Police Community Support Officer Pete Williams,
right, said: "We are pleased that over 300 homes here
have now received crime prevention advice since July following
an increase in dwelling and non-dwelling burglaries in the early
part of this year."
Close in Highbridge is the first street in the whole Avon and
Somerset Police force area to be listed as an 'Anti Burglary Zone'
with 28 homes there having received free DNA property marking
Beat Manager Constable Adrian Jones said the project has been
so successful that Police in other areas of Somerset are seeking
to roll out the scheme. The
DNA packs will be offered to other residents in the Burnham area
in coming weeks and are also available to buy online.
Burnham Police's Pete Williams and Adrian Jones at the launch