Leicester Police recently strengthened their rural crime prevention measures in the village of Wymswold through the use of Datatag’s Home/Property Marking System.

Households in and around Wymswold were offered free Datatag Systems which allowed them to mark items of value such as jewellery, heirlooms, electrical goods and ornaments with Datatag’s forensic DNA solution, Datadots and warning labels. Recipients also received household warning signs stating that their property is protected to warn off potential thieves.

Datatag provided street signage to help spread the word that their crime prevention measures are used in the village and will be assisting local officers with support materials so they can engage with residents explaining the technologies and benefits and also UV torches to enable them to identify property marked with Datatag technology.

Neighbourhood watch coordinator Gary Boorman said ‘We were pleased that so many villagers turned up at the hall to collect their kits. Nearly 100 kits were collected and we have had several contacts since then with villagers apologising for not being able to call so I’m sure that it won’t take long to distribute the remainder. I have already had reports of Datatag warning signs appearing in windows and residents not able to attend the launch have been in touch to take advantage of the initiative.’

Datatag’s Dave Luscombe said, ‘We have had significant success in reducing crime wherever our Systems have been deployed and we are confident that in using our Home Marking System and the technologies it contains residents will be able to sleep a little easier knowing their valuables are protected.’

Chris Woodward Partnership Manager with Leicester Police said ‘We are very pleased to have the opportunity to distribute these kits to residents. We are committed to supporting our rural communities in the fight against crime and this initiative will ensure residents are better protected from unwanted criminal activity.’