Swedish police advise people to mark their belongings with DNA as robbery becomes increasingly normal

Saturday, November 24, 2018
By Paul Martin

24 November 2018

Personal robbery is now so common in Sweden that the police urge Swedes to DNA mark their belongings. Especially in winter, the robbery of expensive jackets increases, according to the police.

In order to prevent personal robbery, but also to be able to tie suspects to crime, the police now urge Swedes to use so-called SelectaDNA on their and their children’s winter jackets, mobile phones and other “attractive belongings”.

A marked garment increases the chance of recovering the stolen goods and tying a suspect to the crime, says the police.

“Thefts in shops, schools and changing rooms are increasing as well,” says Claes Rohit, crime preventer at Nacka police district.

“Among young people it is common to buy jackets of the same brand. Therefore, clearly label the clothes. That too prevents crime.”

“If you have DNA marked a winter jacket or mobile phone, police patrols that encounter a suspected perpetrator can tie the person to that crime.

In addition, handling of stolen goods becomes easier to detect. Expensive jackets and mobile phones are usually sold on to others”, writes the police.

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