SelectaDNA Rural Scheme Extended Following Huge Success
Police Scotland has reported that a trial of SelectaDNA marking on 100 South Lanarkshire farms was a huge success, with repeat thefts on farms previously targeted by thieves eliminated.
Criminals generally target isolated areas and hard-to-protect buildings looking for easily sold items such as tools, equipment, gardening and agricultural machinery. The scheme uses a forensic liquid with a DNA code which can be scanned by police to identify property suspected of being stolen. It has been shown to both deter thieves and aid recovery of stolen machinery and tools.
NFU Mutual initially funded the SelectaDNA kits for the trial and is now providing additional funding for the roll-out. It will enable Police Scotland to provide kits in areas which are suffering repeat rural thefts including the Scottish Borders, Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire.
NFU Mutual is providing the funding for the roll-out as part of its ongoing support for the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC).
NFU Mutual Scotland Manager Mark McBrearty said: “Rural crime is hugely disruptive to Scotland’s farming community, and we are determined to do all we can to stamp it out.
“We’re delighted that SelectaDNA marking is proving so effective at reducing thefts from farms and are backing the speedy roll-out of the scheme by providing additional kits for distributions to Scottish farms.
“Since Police Scotland set up SPARC five years ago to bring together all those involved in the fight against rural crime, we’ve put our full backing into the initiative.”
Police Inspector Alan Dron, Scotland’s National Rural Crime Coordinator, said: “SelectaDNA is proving to be an excellent addition to the numerous initiatives and tactics we utilise when trying to prevent, reduce and tackle rural crime throughout Scotland.
“NFU Mutual’s additional funding means we can deploy yet more kits quickly and in other parts of Scotland, where thieves would potentially target agricultural and forestry machinery, plant, quad bikes, other all-terrain vehicles and expensive tools.”
Farmers, crofters and land-owners keen to protect their tools and vehicles with SelectaDNA should contact their local Partnership Against Rural Crime group for information on how to obtain a kit.