Following success in reducing burglary in Sheffield and Doncaster, officers are urging more residents to sign up to ‘Operation Shield’.
Operation Shield is an initiative that has been proven to tackle break-ins and burglary by forensically marking valuables and property with Smartwater.
Smartwater is a unique forensic solution liquid, which is invisible to the human eye and contains a unique code that is registered to individuals and properties. The liquid also comes in the form of a gel or spray and can transfer onto offenders while committing the burglary.
Our custody suites are equipped with ultraviolet lights which can detect the smart water on individuals, their property or any recovered stolen items.
Officers in Sheffield and Doncaster have protected over 2000 homes since launching last year and have already seen a 24 per cent reduction in burglary. This reduction equates to 44 less victims and over 352 police hours saved from responding to calls.
Officers are now urging residents in the Gleadless Valley and Heeley areas of Sheffield and the Hexthorpe, Balby, Edlington, Mexborough and Wheatley areas of Doncaster to sign up.
Detective Chief Inspector Lee Berry said: “We are committed to protecting homes in our communities and deterring thieves from entering properties.
“I would urge anyone in the areas mentioned to sign up, it takes no more than 30 minutes for our officers to complete their visit and it is completely free.
“By working together and building stronger communities we can ensure homes are kept safe and offenders are more likely to be caught and prosecuted.”
Officers are also keen to hear from Neighbourhood Watch and community groups who would like to be involved.
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