As part of its commitment to help reduce the theft of and theft of parts of 4x4 vehicles within the county, Derbyshire Constabulary is utilising its newly formed ‘C’ Division ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) Team, Local SNT (Safer Neighbourhood Team) and Community Safety Officers, and showing Derbyshire 4x4 owners, and the odd cheeky one from over the border, the best ways of protecting their vehicles. The officers will be using and distributing a pioneering crime prevention product called Smart Water/SelectaDNA. This product places a unique forensic signature on items making it easy for the police to detect stolen vehicles, parts and property.
On Saturday January 14 at the B2Net Stadium the home of Chesterfield Football club the Smart Water/SelectaDNA product will be placed on as many of the county’s most vulnerable vehicles, as a deterrent to criminals who might target these vehicles and this marking is free of charge, however a charitable donation would be appreciated. In addition, there will be a prize draw and the two top prizes include a Tracker unit with free subscription donated by Tracker and a Tracker unti with free subscription bought and paid for by Derbyshire Police. Experienced Officers whom work not only on the ANPR Intercept Team but also work within community support will be on hand to offer support and advice to all 4x4 owners in addition to demonstrating the marking procedure that may help reduce insurance premiums and help prevent any theft relating to 4x4 vehicles.
Smart Water is a colourless liquid that is dabbed on the surfaces of items. Each bottle has a unique chemical code which is registered and provides proof of ownership. The liquid is invisible to the naked eye but glows under UV light for police to detect and is almost impossible to remove. DC Lee Oldham, a team member of the ANPR unit based in Chesterfield, stated, 'By using Smart Water/SelectaDNA we're sending a clear message to criminals who are targeting our most vulnerable vehicles for parts or for the vehicle itself. These are not victimless crimes and directly impact on everyone in Derbyshire. Buying a vehicle in the current economic climate has huge financial implications on the victim should it be stolen.'
DC Lee Oldham added. 'Criminals need to be aware that if they target vehicles that are fitted with Smart Water/SelectaDNA then they face a far greater risk of detection and subsequent arrest. The message to all would-be criminals is simple - don’t risk it.'
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