Dna Marker Cuts Swansea Council Boiler Theft To Zero, Trial Finds

Swansea council had 47 boilers stolen from empty and lived-in properties from May-October 2012. It has begun using a DNA-based substance which enables individual items to be identified as stolen if they turn up elsewhere for re-sale. The council said such thefts in the six months to last October were nil. The marking system uses a substance that is invisible to the naked eye but can be seen with a UV light. It cannot be washed off and has a unique code registered to the property. The local authority said the theft of metal, copper and gas boilers from empty council properties had been costing it thousands of pounds in damage, replacement and lost rental income.
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