Kapi-Mana News : January 29th 2013
26 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 29, 2013 EDUCATION More women wanted A drive to recruit more women into the electricity supply industry has won the continued support of industry heavyweights Transpower, Genesis Energy and Vector. Each of the companies has made a commitment for 2013/2014 to support the Electricity Supply Industry Train- ing Organisation's Ultimit pro- gramme, which is aimed at recruiting more women into the industry's trade and technical roles. Ultimit co-ordinator Philippa Dally said in the past year the number of women trainees in the industry had increased by 18. Our industry has sat at 1 to 2 per cent of female trainees in a trade and technical role for quite some time. To increase to 3 per cent is a start to breaking that barrier,'' Ms Dally said. It's a pleasing result in the right direction but we would like to do much better,'' she said. The industry has set up a website, www.ultimit.co.nz, to encourage young women to apply for trade and technical positions and to provide background information. Ms Dally said women still tended to view these types of roles as men's jobs. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have a number of women in the industry who have come through the trades route and have gone on to hold senior management jobs.'' DNA anti-burglary tool causes big drop in crime Sticky fingers: Kapiti College student Tayla Welch, 15, with a SelectaDNA anti-theft kit. Photo: FAIRFAX A new DNA technology should dramatically decrease the num- ber of thefts from schools in the Wellington region after being rolled out in Kapiti by Police Minister Anne Tolley. SelectaDNA, an invisible liquid with a unique sequence of DNA including 60 chromo- somes in every bottle, was introduced as a prevention method for crimes at schools. The liquid can be applied to laptops, musical instruments, trophies, or any other at-risk items. If an item is stolen, police can identify the owner through a DNA test, or by looking at a microdot under a microscope. At the Wellington launch at Kapiti College, Ms Tolley said schools were a traditional tar- get of crime. As schools use technology more and more on a daily basis . . . these items are very sale- able, so they have become a tar- get,'' she said. It's absolutely heart break- ing when these no-goods come in and steal it. All of that creates an enormous range of victims.'' SelectaDNA director David Morrissey said the liquid was first used in South Auckland and helped reduce crime by about 60 per cent. In South Auckland, when we first did this in 2009, that trial included three schools, and the overall trial was 1010 properties, he said. Over a six-month period we recorded a 61.8 per cent reduction in burglaries.'' He said it was during that trial that it was noted that no crime, including thefts and tag- ging, had occurred at any of the three schools during that period. By the end of 2012 every school in the North Island was to have SelectaDNA, and by term three of 2013 every school in the South Island will have a kit.Early figures show crime decreasing by about 40 per cent at schools with SelectaDNA. Mr Morrissey said that while a criminal could try to remove the substance, you can't get it all off'', and only a small sam- ple was needed to find the DNA sequence. Signage is given to the schools as part of the kits, and prevents criminals from trying to steal from schools. Everyone knows, no matter who you ask, what DNA is. They know that it is indisput- able.'' Thieves are unable to sell the items on because they are laced with a traceable DNA sequence.
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