SCHOOLS are snapping up a clever property-marking scheme to help fight crime.
Huddersfield police crime reduction and architectural liaison officer Pc Chris Green has developed a new Schoolwatch project to combat the theft of computers.
Pc Green has written to more than 200 schools throughout Kirklees offering them the chance to buy cut-price property-marking kits to deter would-be thieves.
Pc Green said: "Schools in the area have seen heavy losses of things such as computers, projectors and other valuable items.
"I decided I wanted to do something to tackle the problem and try to get as many items marked up as possible."
The Selectamark kits have been bought by more than 40% of the schools in the area.
Each kit, costing £17.70, can mark 60 pieces of equipment. So far 248 kits have been bought to mark almost 15,000 pieces of school equipment.
Pc Green said: "Before they were marked, this equipment would not previously have been identifiable if it was stolen.
"I bulk bought the kits to be able to pass them on to schools at a reduced rate and also to achieve some form of uniformity in overt property marking.
"It allows us to identify stolen property and puts would-be thieves off from breaking into schools, because any items marked become worthless.
"I'm pleased so many schools have taken part in the scheme. One school has ordered 35 kits."
Selectamark kits include a paper stencil of the school's name and postcode which is placed on the surface of the equipment to be marked.
A special solvent is then applied which etches into the surface before the stencil is removed.
Pc Green added: "If anyone finds any property marked with a school name or, where the surface of the property has been ground down to remove the mark, then this property may well have been stolen."
Information on stolen property can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Callers may be eligible for a reward.