A crackdown on burglary has begun in Malpas .
The village is the first rural area being targeted by Cheshire Constabulary in the roll-out of Operation Shield, which uses innovative DNA marking techniques to link criminals to their crime scenes.
Officers have been going door to door to distribute special kits to residents and business-owners so they can mark their belongings with the forensic liquid.
It was launched last week and police say response from residents has been positive.
PC Gerard Gigg, beat manager for more than 20 parishes across the south rural area of Cheshire, said: “The first week of the roll-out has gone very well and we are over half-way to completing every property in Malpas before starting on the neighbouring parishes, with more than 500 properties now visited by a dedicated team of people, including police staff, Sanctuary Housing officers and of course the parish council which has made all this possible.
“The initiative has been well-received by residents and they feel for once in a long time that we are pro-actively looking to reduce criminals coming into the area.”