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DNA tracking coming to Scunthorpe stores

DNA tracking coming to Scunthorpe stores

DNA tracking coming to Scunthorpe stores

A new DNA tracking scheme is coming to stores in Scunthorpe, Humberside Police have announced.

It is hoped that the new initiative will deter shoplifters, and is part of ongoing work by Humberside Police, North Lincolnshire Council and other members of the Community Safety Partnership scheme.
The initiative uses a forensic system known as SelectaDNA to mark items throughout the store, so that if a thief is stopped with one of them, authorities will be able to link an individual to the scene of a crime.
SelectaDNA uses a combination of unique DNA coding and microdot technology that is not visible to the naked eye.

Making the announcement, Inspector Richard Mirfin said:

“Making Scunthorpe a safe and enjoyable place to be is something that’s really important to us.

“Unfortunately, shoplifters operate in almost every town and city in the world but here in Scunthorpe we’re doing everything we can to make life as hard as possible for them.

“We wanted to share the news about the new scheme with you today to warn anyone considering targeting shops in the town to think again.”

Councillor John Davison added:

“We are committed to working with our partners to realise Scunthorpe’s huge potential, making it a great place to live, visit, work and invest.

“The introduction of SelectaDNA is another excellent example of partnership working and the latest in a long line of success stories that are making our county town even safer.

“In spite of the pandemic, there is great cause for optimism for the future of the town, which continues to be supported by millions of pounds of Government investment.

“In July we revealed exciting plans to create a beautiful urban park in the heart of the town, and rapid progress is being made with the redevelopment of a prime 2.5 acre site.”

DNA tracking coming to Scunthorpe stores
Humberside Police

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