Successful property marking event in South Molton

A property marking day in South Molton to help prevent rural crime has been hailed a success by local police. Using Selectamark products, event organiser PCSO Jerzy Rozputynski, known as Yorkie and colleagues from the town Neighbourhood Policing Team, g

A property marking day in South Molton to help prevent rural crime has been hailed a success by local police.

Using Selectamark products, event organiser PCSO Jerzy Rozputynski, known as "Yorkie" and colleagues from the town Neighbourhood Policing Team, gathered on Saturday, October 10 to highlight the importance of property marking to help deter theft.

The event took place at the Pannier Market in the morning before moving onto Mole Valley Farmers retail outlet at Pathfields Business Park that afternoon. They were supported on the day by members of the South Molton and District Crime Prevention Panel.

The Selectamark system enables people to permanently and visibly mark property using a post-coded stencil. SelectaDNA, which contains a unique DNA code and a UV marker, is being used by many police forces in schemes throughout the UK and has been proven to reduce burglaries by up to 85 per cent in some areas.


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Yorkie, accompanied by Roger Lyddon from Selectamark, carried out demonstrations throughout the day.

Although South Molton is a safe place to live and the likelihood of being a victim of crime remains well below the national average, it has a mixture of urban and rural areas with a large number of farms, so safeguarding items of value is paramount.

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"We were delighted with how the day went and were very pleased with the level of interest shown by members of the public," said PCSO Rozputynski.

"We are continuing to receive enquiries from people who have heard about the scheme which in turn is raising public awareness of property marking in the town and rural areas.

Our joint working with the Crime Prevention Panel is of real benefit and enables us to promote crime prevention within the district, thus increasing public confidence."

My Lyddon of Selectamark added: "We were inundated with interest from members of the public for the products we demonstrated to them.

"All the Selectamark stencils we bought with us were sold, we handed out 150 ultra violet pens and marking booklets, and there was significant interest in our latest SelectaDNA product."

More information on the scheme can be found on the Neighbourhood Policing website via www.devon-cornwall.police.uk or by contacting PCSO Rozputynski at South Molton Police station via 08452 777444.

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