Crime combating grease will help identify offenders

PCSO Sarah Spencer and PC Drew Shepherd applying the DNA grease.

PCSO Sarah Spencer and PC Drew Shepherd applying the DNA grease.

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A SPECIAL grease that marks anyone who touches it for weeks with a special DNA code is being used by safer neighbourhood officers to track theives.

Officers in Belper are using the substance to mark materials at risk of theft – such as lead flashing – which marks the metal and stains the hands and clothes of the offender with a UV tracer and a unique DNA code. These marks can stay on a perpetrator’s skin and clothing for weeks, forensically linking them to the stolen metal.

The UV tracer in the substance means that it becomes visible under ultraviolet scanners, with which all police stations in Derbyshire are equipped.

Sgt Richard Booth who is responsible for Safer Neighbourhood policing in Belper said: “Alongside the application of the grease we will be putting up a number of Selecta DNA signs to make sure that would-be thieves are aware that metal in this area is protected with a transferable, forensic substance and that they should stay away.”

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