VALUABLE equipment at schools across the county of North Yorkshire is being protected from burglary thanks to SelectaDNA forensic marking.
Under a brand new contract, which is being funded by North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), all 435 schools have received a new crime prevention kit containing a DNA property marking solution, property labels, tamper proof stickers, window deterrent labels, and exterior warning signs which can be erected on the school’s perimeter fencing to deter burglars.
Schools have been advised by the council to mark all types of valuable assets including computers, laptops, iPads, printers, scanners, TVs and whiteboards. They can also use the kits to mark power tools, lawn mowers and other outdoor maintenance equipment.
Sandra Langthorne, Finance Officer for Access and Inclusion and School Insurance at the council said: said: “I am pleased to announce that Selectamark have been awarded the contract for liquid forensic coding security in schools, children centres and Pupil Referral Units within North Yorkshire County Council.”
As the new SelectaDNA kits were sent out, the council issued clear guidance to all schools about how to dispose of out of date forensic marking kits from a previous supplier.
James Brown, Sales Director at Selectamark, said: “Theft from schools is generally committed by opportunists. One of the first steps in preventing theft is to reduce the reward associated with the act. Thieves are now aware that SelectaDNA forensic marking is making their job much harder – and as a result we are finding that is proving to be a very effective deterrent in itself.”