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Workshop for disabled people crafts extra security measures with PCSO's help

Posted on 18th February 2013
Greenaway-Workshop-Selecta-DNA Manager Bridget Jones applying the UV glue with PCSO Granville Nixon

Police have helped a Derbyshire Dales charity protect itself from burglary by giving them a high-tech security marking kit.

Greenaway Workshop for the Disabled, in Matlock, gives adults with disabilities an occupation suited to their individual needs.

Its members repair items such as chairs to a high standard, and the centre also has a top quality printing facility, too.

The charity’s committee wanted to add extra security measures to the ones they already have in place and asked PCSO Granville Nixon, from Darley Dale and Winster Safer Neighbourhood Team, for his ideas.

PCSO Nixon has since visited the centre, in Greenaway Lane, to help staff paint all valuable items with UV Selecta DNA.

These kits contain unique codes that show up under UV light and can be read under a microscope and linked back to their owner, meaning that if marked items are stolen and recovered, they can be returned quickly.

Workshop manager Bridget Jones has now security marked items in the workshop and said she was pleased to have the extra protection.

She said: “The kit is fantastic and has helped us make the centre even more secure so it can still be enjoyed by our customers.

“Our committee wanted to explore additional ways of protecting our items and PCSO Nixon’s idea was great, so we jumped at the chance.

“We’ve already marked our printing equipment, computers and customers’ belongings and it’s reassuring to know we have that extra level of security.”

Selecta DNA is one of several high-tech security marking kits that Derbyshire police uses to help residents and businesses protect their property or valuable items.

Others include SmartWater, offered by Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, which includes police and Derbyshire Dales district council.

PCSO Nixon said: “They are a fantastic crime prevention item because criminals know how they work, so they act as a deterrent as well as linking people to a crime scene or helping us get items back to their rightful owners.”

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